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It’s your birthday, Liz! Happy Birthday to you :)

May 27, 2015
(Photo: Elizabeth Huett via Instagram)

(Photo: Elizabeth Huett via Instagram)

I do mention her every now and then :)

Happy Birthday Liz! I’m so happy you’re continuing your dream and taking on the world by storm soon. Can’t wait to hear all the music you’ve been working on and I know your album is going to be awesome. I wish you the best day in company of everyone you love! Here’s a recent picture of Liz taken by Liz while she was on a photoshoot with Sarah Barlow. Very meta, eh?

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thanks his lucky stars that he’s been able to meet the awesome Elizabeth Huett in person, we were hoping and praying to see her play live soon. I say were, because as it happens that’s coming up next month! We’re finally back in Nashville after a long hiatus and we’re glad to hear the beautiful and talented Liz Huett will be performing at the Fan Fair during CMA Fest 2015.

Liz had one song she co-wrote with Andrew Dorff and Nathan Chapman (yes, Taylor Swift’s producer) that was featured on ABC’s show Nashville. Here’s Put My Heart Down sung along with Andrew and Nathan. The song is on Sara Evans’ Slow Me Down album.

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We’re hoping to have more to share soon. You can read more on Liz on her very own Agency Profile: Elizabeth Huett.

On other news, a shoutout to @GenaGabrielle on her birthday too! :)

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(Sources: Agency Profile: Elizabeth Huett)

Beyond The Agency: David Cook’s Scenic Design & Caitlin Evanson’s Day by Day

May 26, 2015
(Source: iTunes)

(Source: iTunes)

That’s not a typo, Taylor Nation.

The Agency’s David Cook is not only Taylor’s musical director, he’s also a jazz maestro. His new album, Scenic Design, is now available on iTunes. If you’re ever in the mood for jazz and chill, this is quite a jewel of an album. Featuring musicians such as Ben Wendel, Matt Clohesy, Kendrick Scott, David Smith and with guest performer Shayna Steele for the I Know You Know track, this might not be your cup of tea. Which is why you should totally take a chance and listen to it.

It’s funny but David was the only member of the Agency I’ve met at the Jazz Festival in Montreal back in early July 2013. He was performing along with Morgan James. He was gracious enough to come down and meet a few fans. Go to festivals, Taylor Nation. There’s no rival for live music.

You can read more about David on his own Agency Profile: David Cook.

(Source: Lifetime)

(Source: iTunes)

Former (but forever and always) Agency member Caitlin Evanson has also been busy, collaborating with CakePopMusic for a new single called Day by Day a theme song for Lifetime’s Smile TV show about reconstructive surgery. It’s an incredibly sweet and hopeful song. You can find it on iTunes.

You can read more about Caitlin Evanson on her own Agency Profile: Caitlin Evanson.

Up next! We celebrate the birthday of a very beautiful and talented singer who I expected to see perform at the CMA Fest 2015 :)

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(Sources: iTunesiTunes)

The Sparkly Dressed plays at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Norwich 2015

May 24, 2015

Not sure if you’d call this post a spoiler, Taylor Nation.

Taylor Swift took the stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Norwich 2015. The Sparkly Dressed (who was literally sparkly-dressed this time) had to scale down on production but still gave one hell of a show. I feel like I can tell you a little more about this show without a spoiler warning since it was a unique experience. She still had the crowd singing and dancing along.

(Source: BBC Radio 1)

(Source: BBC Radio 1)

The set list:

  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • Blank Space
  • Style
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • Love Story (Remix)
  • Bad Blood
  • Shake It Off

Of course she went for all her top singles.

Let’s face it, any time with Taylor feels short. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar is expected back in the US at Ford Field in Detroit. She will be back in the UK with her full 1989 World Tour in late June.

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(Sources: BBC Radio 1)

The 1989 World Tour: I’ll write your name Baton Rouge! The first tour reviews are in!

May 23, 2015
(Photo: Brianna Paciorka, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

(Photo: Brianna Paciorka, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

The struggle is real, Taylor Nation. Minimal spoilers ahead.

Click away now if you’d rather not know, but other than light spoilers, I’m staying clear of a full experience post until my own first concert arrives in July 7 in Montreal. Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who puts the old in old school, we’re in cloud nine as the 1989 World Tour continues at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Lousiana!

According to Nola.com | The Times-Picayune, the Lightning On Her Feet singer-songwriter “gave an unforgettable, interactive and nonstop show full of energy and pure emotion that was made for tweets, ‘grams and snaps.” You can read the review on Nola.com.

Her opening salvo in Bossier City on May 20 has received an amazing review from The New York Times. When referring to her newer performance of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, the Times’ Jon Caramanica wrote: “Suddenly, the song wasn’t about fretting over someone’s opinion; it was about knowing you’ve been the cool one all along, and finally owning it.”

In the same article, he also wrote: “Whatever underdog anxieties Ms. Swift might have had earlier in her career are mostly gone. With the release in the fall of “1989” (Big Machine), her fifth album, Ms. Swift neatly ascended to the top of the pop hierarchy, largely by bypassing and ignoring most of her peers.” That is not a flippant attitude. That is just Taylor doing her own thing with her own brand of style. Then again that’s my opinion. You can read the original article at The New York Times site.

Update: As announced back in January, Taylor Swift will be taking the stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich! It all happens this Sunday, May 24. Due to logistics, she’s playing a festival so chances are this will be a scaled down version and not a full 1989 World Tour concert. That being said, I don’t know what I don’t know. We’ll find out soon.

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(Sources: Nola.comThe New York Times)

Inside 1989: The 1989 World Tour starts in Bossier City, Louisiana!

May 21, 2015
(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)

(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)

Light spoilers, Taylor Nation. Like zero sugar. There’s some spoilers though.

Obviously, we have to say something about it to make a post, of course. The 1989 World Tour started last night, May 20, in Bossier City, Louisiana. I won’t be able to do a review until I actually attend in concert, which won’t happen until July. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s gotta work with a budget, we’ve chronicled Fearless, Speak Now and Red. Crazily enough, this is the first post of many to come, each per each concert stop she does. I might group cities that get several concerts in one post though.

Bossier City got the honor of being the place in which the North American leg of the 1989 World Tour is launched. According to USA Today’s Brian Mansfield, the production included every number from her latest album, 1989. The Sparkly Dressed used this opportunity to develop new ways to connect more directly with her fans starting with… something… that would be a spoiler… and that something does this thing that is really cool. And when this thing comes up and then the lights-

Okey, this is going to be a challenge.  Of course, this is an inside post so I have to reveal something. How about this, you decide if you want to click on the following video or not :) It’s the first song. Might involve a city of the US.

Watch on YouTube

Past hits have been revamped. Descriptions courtesy of Brian Mansfield. Expect a “dark, almost threatening turn” for I Knew You Were Trouble. Love Story is now “bass-heavy synth-pop number”. And for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, well… Brian certainly gives it high praise by saying that “would have done Joan Jett proud”. The set list is now the same that Rock in Rio, which means that Wonderland is included.

You can read the original story (there will be spoilers!) on USA Today.

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(Sources: USA Today)

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