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News Update: Taylor Swift meets fans at the Country Music Hall of Fame

June 24, 2016

Hope you’re ready for the weekend, Taylor Nation. I know I am.

(Photo: INFphoto)

(Photo: INFphoto)

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s… Give me a minute, the ninjas are trying to stuff the fridge in a carry-on. Put it down. Now. Yes, I’m sure there will be one where we’re going. Ok, like I was saying, just a guy who’s glad for a few days off when he can get them, we’re happy for the fans who were at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum when Taylor Swift decided to drop by out of the blue. You can read the original story at Just Jared.

If you must know, her hair is no longer bleached. Not that it’s any of our business. Taylor can have her hair done as she wishes. Policing how your favourite music artist does her hair is as irrelevant as, say for example, who she chooses to date (now that would be ridiculous, amirite?). Anyhow, it’s business as unusual with Taylor surprising fans out of the blue and calling her own shots in her life.

And this might have very little to do with Taylor, but original squad member Selena got to ride around with Late Late Show host James Corden for his Carpool Karaoke series. At the 9:10 mark, she gets asked about Tay’s squad and shortly we get a “Shake I Off” rendition. We would love to see the actual Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone doing this series soon.

Watch on YouTube

Up next, The Agency’s former backup singer Elizabeth Huett performs tonight, June 24, at Mount Palomar Winery. We’re going to miss it, but at least I’m getting some downtime (although internet might be scarce). I’m sure we’ll hear something about it after the weekend.

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(Sources: Just Jared)


When you think Tim McGraw: 10 years of Taylor Swift’s first ever single.

June 19, 2016
(Source: Big Machine Records)

(Source: Big Machine Records)

I hope you think your favorite song, Taylor Nation.

It was the first ever song you heard from Taylor Swift. Some fans go further back, before she even had a record deal when she used to play country fairs. I found her much later, during the Fearless Era. But this goes back during the times before she ever headline a concert, in the days before her first album. It was Tim McGraw, a song written by Tay with Liz Rose, that was chosen as the first single, hand-picked by Scott Borchetta. The legend goes (ok, I read it on a magazine) that Taylor played him the song in his office which was going to be part of Taylor’s first studio album. Scott Borchetta heard Tim McGraw, loved it and commented, “that’s your first single.”

Tim McGraw was released back on a day like today, June 19, 2006. It was the first single of Taylor’s first album, titled Taylor Swift which was released on October 24, 2006. From then on, she has continued to release an album every two years.

The sundress-and-boots songstress (a throwback nickname that I just made up) wasn’t sure that for her first single she should begin with a song that name-dropped a famous country singer, but Scott knew the business. Nowadays, I suspect he asks her. The Blondie Who Didn’t Have A Sparkly Guitar Yet (ok, sorry I’m having too much fun with the nicknames) trusted him and the rest is history. I suspect that if it were up to Teen Swizzle (last one, I promise!) she would’ve picked Our Song (otherwise known as the song she’ll always perform from that era if given a choice). Still, Tim McGraw opened many doors for her – including a spot as an opener on quite a few tours.

Big Machine Records was just starting. Another anecdote from that time is how Taylor and her mom had to help put CDs in envelopes to send to TV stations. Not a lot of personnel back then. Taylor did a extended six-month radio tour when most artist do six weeks. The 16-year old had to work a lot more just to be noticed. People that are Taylor’s age were considered for development deals, not albums just yet. She would be the first artist whose audience would be the untapped market of teenage girls that listen to country music. Back then she kept an unheard of internet presence through MySpace and hold meet-and-greets before and after performances that famously last hours. It’s in one of those she famously met a young fan named Elizabeth Huett, but that’s another story:)

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(Sources: Big Machine Records)

With A Heavy Heart: A short commentary

June 19, 2016

Hello, Earth.

You know about the shooting on June 12  in Orlando, Florida at the Pulse nightclub. It was not even the only shooting that happened that weekend in that city. The day before, Christina Grimmie, a singer known as a contestant for The Voice was shot by another gunman. I don’t have the qualifications to write about this. I don’t want them either, nobody really can find the right words to address this. Our favorite songwriter did come up with a better idea. She just wrote down the names of all the victims.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

I’m just going to add on to what everyone is saying. Prayers and thoughts and good wishes expressed in social media are kind. But as many others, I do hope some change comes from it. I’m aware gun control is a controversial topic in the US. I’m also aware that mental health must not be excluded from the conversation. I’m really just an outsider looking in, but can we agree that the current regulations in place are either too lax or not properly enforced? Can we agree that we (even when I’m not a US citizen, I don’t want to get shot when I fly there) must be proactive in the subject? I live in Canada, we have our own version of gun control. It’s flawed but it requires a registry, a waiting period, passing a safety course and consenting to random police inspections of your firearms at all times. Yes, I know that would never fly in the US.

Read. Inform yourself. Dissent. Debate. Participate. Act. Make your voice heard. You can pray, of course, for illumination and guidance on how to take action. But doing nothing is no longer an option. It’s just my opinion, of course. Take care of each other.

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(Sources: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

News Update: The Sparkly Dressed is the surprise guest at a fan’s wedding

June 4, 2016

So it’s gonna be forever, Taylor Nation:)

(Photo: Erica Snyder via

(Photo: Erica Snyder via

Here at The Swift Agency, just one guy who’s back on the job after a week and a half off, we’re glad to have a full keyboard and high speed internet back. The Enchantress is up to some hijinks again. She was secretly invited to a fan’s wedding party. The groom, Max Singer, is a big fan. According to, back in April his sister Ali reached out to Taylor to tell her about a heartbreaking story of their mother. The couple of Kenya Smith and Max Singer got married at the hospital where Max and Ali’s mother was staying before she passed away. Max even got her mom to dance “Blank Space” with him. Ali managed to bring in Taylor Swift to her brother’s wedding party.

The rest as they say, was another well-planned Swift caper. Ok, no. Nobody says that. Just me on this blog.

Yes, she likes it when people sing along😉 Don’t act like you don’t know the words.

She even gave them a personally crafted Taylor Swift present. Yeah, I know some critics will think money is more valuable. But if you are a fan, that’s more valuable than anything money can buy. It’s a gesture of friendship. We remember those, right?

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Happy Birthday Liz! Elizabeth Huett will play in Temecula, CA on June 24th

May 27, 2016

Hello Lizettes and Lizards!


Here at The Swift Agency, just one guy on assignment in New York because it’s waiting for you, we’re really just on vacation. The beautiful and talented Elizabeth Huett is celebrating her birthday today, May 27! On top of that she will be performing at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California on June 24. If you are able to go, please tell me all about it:)

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(Sources: Elizabeth Huett)


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