Singing sensation Taylor Swift took the music world by storm as a young teen and has quickly become one of the hottest-selling artists of our time with more crossover success than even her idols Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Leann Rimes. With Taylor’s honest and sometimes painfully personal songwriting, her life can seem like an open book. But how much do we really know about her? Test your knowledge of this creative superstar with the following trivia questions, and then scroll down for the answers. In honor of Taylor’s favorite number there are thirteen questions.
1. What did the Swift family grow and sell on their farm?
2. What is Taylor’s middle name?
3. What band did Taylor’s mom Andrea Swift listen to the most while she was pregnant with Taylor?
4. For what NBA team did 11-year-old Taylor sing the national anthem?
5. What band did Taylor get to open for, as a result of winning her first local karaoke contest?
6. Why did Taylor originally learn to play a twelve-string guitar?
7. Where did music producer Scott Borchetta first discover Taylor?
8. What ‘favorite song’ was Taylor referring to in her first big hit “Tim McGraw”?
9. Where was Taylor when the idea for the song “Tim McGraw” first came to her?
10. What former reality show star appeared with Taylor in her music video “White Horse”?
11. Which song made Taylor the youngest artist to ever solely write a number one country song?
12. Taylor starred opposite actor Taylor Lautner in the hit movie Valentine’s Day. What did the cast and crew call Taylor Swift in order to ease the name confusion on set?
13. What was the first thing Taylor did when she turned 18 years old?
1. The Swift family lived on and ran a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania. Taylor toldPhiladelphia Magazine, “It was the most magical way to grow up.”
2. Taylor’s middle name is Alison, named after her aunt.
3. Andrea Swift’s favorite band is Def Leppard and she says she listened to them often while pregnant with Taylor. Taylor grew up loving the band as well and even performed with them on CMT’s Crossroads.
4. At eleven years old Taylor sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a Philadelphia 76ers game.
5. Also at eleven, Taylor participated in a local karaoke competition. Determined to succeed, Taylor competed every weekend until she won and, as a result, got the chance to open for the Charlie Daniels Band.
6. Taylor told Teen Vogue Magazine, “I learned [to play guitar] on a twelve-string, purely because some guy told me that I’d never be able to play it, that my fingers were too small. Anytime someone tells me that I can’t do something, I want to do it more.”
7. Music producer Scott Borchetta first saw Taylor perform at the famous Blue Bird Café in Nashville, the legendary location where Faith Hill and many other country artists got a jumpstart on their careers.
8. Although she does not mention the title in her first big hit, Taylor wrote the lyrics based on her favorite Tim McGraw song “Can’t Tell Me Nothin'”.
9. Taylor was in the middle of her ninth grade math class when a melody and the words ‘when you think Tim McGraw’ kept running through her mind. Taylor says she discreetly recorded a voice memo on her cell phone so she wouldn’t forget it.
10. Former Laguna Hills star Stephen Colletti appeared with Taylor in her “White Horse” music video.
11. Taylor’s explosive hit “Our Song” turned her into the youngest artist to ever solely write a country song that reached number one on the billboard music charts. Swift originally wrote the song in ninth grade for a talent show and told CBS News of her shock when it hit number one a few years later.
12. In the star-studded flick Valentine’s Day Taylor Swift had a lot of scenes with Twilight actor Taylor Lautner. The name situation became very confusing during filming, so the cast and crew started calling Taylor Swift ‘Swifty’ in order to avoid that confusion.
13. As soon as she turned eighteen, Taylor went online and registered to vote.
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