Beyond The Agency: Al, Grant, Caitlin, Elizabeth and Danny

(Source: Claire Callaway)
(Source: Claire Callaway)

Long live, Taylor Nation.

This post has been in draft form for a while. As you probably know now, Caitlin and Grant won’t be in the 1989 Tour. I thought I’d update you on what everyone is up to these days… Or at least everyone that I know about. Yes, I know that’s Claire in the picture. Actually, this is a picture that Claire posted sometime in July, 2014. From left to right: Grant, Claire, Liz and Al. I’m happy to see they stay in touch 🙂

Al Wilson was the founder of the touring band that would later give itself the inside name of The Agency. Contrary to what you might think, it was Al who put the original band together. There has been a lot of members in and out but the members did became more recurring when Taylor became a headliner. The Agency, a name that came to mind while they were wearing a suit and chucks, was named as such during the filming of the Picture To Burn video back in 2008. Al is known to have brought in both Grant Mickelson and Amos Heller.

Al is more active now on Twitter as @alsdrum. He gives out drum lessons through his Facebook Page. He still stays active in the music industry, although he hasn’t disclosed any projects of his own.

You can read more about him on his Agency Profile: Al Wilson page.

Grant Mickelson is one of the oldest members of the band, even before it was known as The Agency.  In 2004, he moved to Nashville, where he studied music at Belmont University and began making contacts in the music industry. He’s also played with Sara Evans, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lady Antebellum and Damon Smith.

He’s currently offering guitar lessons via Skype. You can contact him via @GrantMickelson. He’s given out an email address but I’m not comfortable posting it here. If you message him via Twitter regarding guitar lessons, he will probably respond. Grant and Claire Callaway, former dancer from the Fearless and Speak Now Tours, are very active in social media (Glaire!).

You can read more about him on his Agency Profile: Grant Mickelson page.

(Photo: Brett Warren / BrettWarrenPhotography.com)
(Photo: Brett Warren / BrettWarrenPhotography.com)

Caitlin Evanson is a versatile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin in addition to violin and rhythm electric and acoustic guitar. Prior to joining Swift in 2007, Caitlin toured and recorded with Ringo Starr, and before that was on the road and in the studio with Dave Stewart and also with Big & Rich. In addition, she has performed for the troops overseas as part of several USO Tours.

is sitting out the 1989 Tour, but she remains active in music. She’s currently offering her services as a vocalist and musician. If you have a song, she can actually sing it and perform it instrumentally. Check out Sessions by Cait.

Note: She actually used a quote of mine in her about page. How sweet! 🙂

You can read more about her in her Agency Profile: Caitlin Evanson page.

(Source: ABC.com)
(Source: ABC.com)

The beautiful and talented Elizabeth Huett has been the target of a couple of articles of mine, most recently her Road To CMA Awards showcase. Liz is, believe it or not, the ultimate Taylor Swift fan. A long, long time ago she was the last fan in line to meet the pre-Fearless One after a concert. Taylor invited her to her dressing room to hear her sing and gave her some advice. Liz and Taylor would actually run into each other several times as Liz’s career grew, including a televised appearance on Dance Wars (Charity and Lacey, dancers for the Fearless Tour, were also contestants) where Taylor performed. Eventually Liz would audition to be T’s background singer.

Now singing at the CMA Awards showcase, Elizabeth Huett goes from background singer to star as she performs an exclusive showcase for some of country music’s top executives. You can watch the video here, but it’s USA region-locked. Update! There’s a non-locked version at RumorFix.

You can read more about her on her Agency Profile: Elizabeth Huett page.

(Source: Daniel Sadownick)
(Source: Daniel Sadownick)

Daniel Sadownick appeared back in 2011 to play the congas during the Speak Now Tour. He has studied privately with percussion masters Andrew Cyrille, John Amira and Frankie Malabe. He toured with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra for two years. He has toured and recorded with The Roots, Al Green, Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Billy Idol, Pat Martino, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Raul Midon and the Screaming Headless Torsos.

Danny is playing with the Screaming Headless Torsos. They have a new album out, Code Red.

You can read more about him on his Agency Profile: Daniel Sadownick page.

Taylor has been announced to play New York’s Rockin’ Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: FacebookSessions by CaitABC.comScreaming Headless Torsos)

2014 American Music Awards: Taylor Swift will perform Blank Space live!

(Source: @TaylorNation13)
(Source: @TaylorNation13)

You love the game, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, still a guy who might be going insane, we’re looking to scrounge some money for this Friday’s pre-sale. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar has already chosen the next single from her 1989 album and it’s none other than “Blank Space”. Taylor will be performing the song at the 2014 American Music Awards on November 23.

The 1989 World Tour has been announced and the first dates have been revealed!  Pre-sales for European shows start on November 4. Pre-sales for North America shows start on November 7. Errr…

For official and up to date information, check TaylorSwift.com here. Taylor has been announced to play New York’s Rockin’ Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: 2014 American Music Awards)

Tour Talk: The 1989 World Tour is announced! First dates are out!

(Source: TaylorSwift.com)
(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

Are you ready, Taylor Nation?

Here at the Swift Agency, still a guy who has bills to pay, well… we’re anything but ready. We will manage somehow. The 1989 Tour has been announced and the first dates are out! The tour starts off in Louisiana on May 20, 2015. It will hit North America and Europe before heading to Australia in December 2015.  This doesn’t mean it ends there, so I’m hoping for more dates soon. Performers Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes have been announced as openers. On a personal note, I’m glad to see Montreal is in there! On another personal note, I hope that for the next leg we get some Latin America cities to show up. Patience, Taylor Nation and fingers crossed!

Pre-sales for European shows start on November 4. Pre-sales for North America shows start on November 7. For details, check TaylorSwift.com here.

Dates announced on TaylorSwift.com so far:

  • May 20, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
  • May 22, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium
  • May 30, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
  • June 2, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
  • June 3, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
  • June 6, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
  • June 8, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
  • June 9, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
  • June 13, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
  • June 20, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena
  • June 21, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
  • June 23, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom – SSE Hydro
  • June 24, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Manchester, NW England United Kingdom – Arena
  • June 27, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – London, England United Kingdom – British Summertime Hyde Park
  • July 6, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
  • July 7, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Montreal, QB – Bell Centre
  • July 11, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
  • July 13, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
  • July 18, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
  • July 24, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
  • July 25, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
  • August 1, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Vancouver, BC – BC Place Stadium
  • August 4, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
  • August 5, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
  • August 8, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
  • August 15, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium
  • August 17, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
  • August 18, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
  • August 25, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  • August 26, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
  • August 29, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – San Diego, CA – PETCO Park
  • September 4, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
  • September 5, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
  • September 6, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
  • September 9, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
  • September 11, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
  • September 12, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
  • September 16, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • September 17, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
  • September 18, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
  • September 21, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
  • September 22, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
  • September 25, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • September 26, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • October 2, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
  • October 3, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
  • October 8, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
  • October 9, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
  • October 10, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
  • October 13, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
  • October 14, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
  • October 17, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
  • October 20, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
  • October 21, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
  • October 24, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
  • October 27, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
  • October 31, 2015: The 1989 World Tour – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium

Here’s the official video announcement:

Watch on YouTube

The dates have been posted here for your convenience. For up to date information, please check out TaylorSwift.com.

Taylor has been announced to play New York’s Rockin’ Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The Sparkly Dressed is nominated for Best Female and Best Look at the 2014 MTV EMA on November 9. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: TaylorSwift.com)