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News Update: Happy 4th of July from Taylor and the Squad

July 4, 2016

While we’re at it… happy belated Canada Day too, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s enjoyed the long weekend, I know that the paparazzi have been having a field day. Honestly, I just like to stick to the pictures where Taylor and her friends are looking at the camera rather than the zoomed-in candids that have been appeared all over social media. It’s strange that after sad news we’re celebrating independence days but it’s unavoidable. I hate to use the phrase “in the world we live in” but it’s fitting. Here’s T’s girl squad via Instagram.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

We might not be able to change the world we live in. Not in a day. But like the saying goes, think locally, act globally. You can’t change the world alone. But you can change your home. You and a few others can change the neighborhood. Your neighborhood and others can change the city. And if enough cities change, then the nation can follow. You get the idea. Perhaps I’m too much of an optimist, but I still subscribe to the idea of changing your little piece of the world for the better, starting at the very least with bettering yourself.

Hope y’all had a great weekend.

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(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

 

Elizabeth Huett in concert! Liz takes the stage at Temecula, CA

June 27, 2016

The album is coming, Lizettes and Lizards.

(Photo: Jencita Vargas for Variety Beat)

(Photo: Jencita Vargas for Variety Beat)

The beautiful and talented Elizabeth Huett performed at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California this past Friday June 24. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s been following this girl since she used to sing background vocals for Taylor Swift, we really wished we could’ve been there. According to Variety Beat, she put on a great show and was very open with the audience. I’m sending a most grateful shoutout to Variety Beat’s Jencita for all the pictures from the event! I’ve selected this one because it’s the one Liz chose herself.

You probably remember Liz has signed with Interscope Records and she has been working on her first album. Back during my interview with Liz in June 2015,  she revealed it would probably be an EP. That could’ve changed since she signed with Interscope, so I’m curious about her new songs. That being said, we still don’t have a date. Perhaps the end of summer.

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(Sources: Variety Beat)

 

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)

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