Taylor Swift’s parents have a great deal of impact both in her career and in her personal life, in fact, they’ve always helped her chase her “Wildest Dreams.”
Long before she clinched the Grammy Award forging herself into the world’s highest-paid female entertainer, Taylor’s parents were listening to her sing karaoke.
They also drove her to local gigs near her hometown of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
According to Scott Swift, who happens to be the singer’s dad, “She was always singing music when she was 3, 5, 6, 7, years old, it’s Taylor doing what she likes to do.”
Scott and Andrea Swift have been their daughter’s biggest fans since birth.
They have nurtured her talent and passion from a young age while striving to keep the pressures of fame off of her.
In a 2008 interview, Andrea said, “There would always be an escape hatch into normal life if she decided this wasn’t something she had to pursue. And of course that’s like saying to her, ‘If you want to stop breathing, that’s cool.’ ”
Andrea is a former marketing manager at an advertising agency.
Scott, on the other hand is a stockbroker-turned-vice-president for Merrill Lynch.
They tied the knot on February 20, 1988, in Harris County, Texas.
In December 13, of the next year, the couple welcomed Taylor.
Two years later, Taylor became a big sister with the birth of her brother Austin, who was born on March 11, 1992.
The two siblings grew up on a 15-acre Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania.
But eventually they moved to the suburbs of Nashville.
By this time, the “Teardrops On My Guitar” singer had landed her first major record deal with Sony.
Bagging such a record deal was not a big deal, but bagging it at age 14, as Taylor did, was a clear evidence of a bright future.
Within a few years of taking that leap of faith, Taylor made her debut onstage at the Grand Ole Opry as a rising country star in September 2006. Andrea began to accompany her on the road as her career took off, while Scott stayed home with Austin.
By 2010, Taylor’s chart-topping success paved the way for her to the Grammys.
She smiled home with four awards, inking her name in the history books as the youngest artist ever to take home album of the year for 2008’s Fearless.
She effusively thanked both her parents for their support in her acceptance speech, dedicating the award to her dad. “This is for all those times that you said I could do whatever I wanted in life,” she said. “And my mom, you’re my best friend.”
Let’s delve a little bit into the life of Taylor Swift’s parents, Scott and Andrea Swift.
They all traveled together to pursue the Taylor’s dreams
Taylor Swift was sure of her talent and drive from a young age, hence, she sought to make her dreams a reality by trying to track down a record deal.
Andrea was supportive from the start, driving Taylor to Nashville to hand out demos of her singing karaoke.
In Taylor’s words, “My mom waited in the car with my little brother while I knocked on doors up and down Music Row, I would say, ‘Hi, I’m Taylor. I’m 11. I wanted a record deal — call me.”
After returning from that fateful Nashville trip — where no one did call her — Taylor decided to take up guitar.
She poured out her focus on songwriting in order to help herself stand out.
“Don’t ever say never or can’t do to Taylor. She started playing it four hours a day — six on the weekends,” Andrea said.
Andrea battled cancer twice
Writing songs is primarily how Taylor processes and shares her emotions with her fans, but in 2015, she opened up directly in a candid Tumblr post.
In that post, Taylor informed fans that Andrea had been diagnosed with cancer.
“I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you,” Taylor began.
“It Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.”
“I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know,” Taylor added.
“She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.”
In 2019, via a reflective personal essay for Elle, Taylor revealed that her mom’s cancer had returned.
“It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs,” she said.
She noted that her priorities had since shifted. “I give all of my worry, stress and prayers to real problems now.”
In the same essay, Taylor shared that her dad Scott had also previously been diagnosed with cancer, though she didn’t share specific details about his health journey. “Both of my parents have had cancer,” she wrote in part, going on to expand on her mom’s condition without elaborating on her dad’s.
While undergoing treatment for cancer, Andrea was also diagnosed with brain tumor, Taylor revealed in 2020 to Variety.
“Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom,” Taylor told the outlet, going on to express how the news was impacting their family. “But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”
She added that it was “a really hard time” for her family.
“the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before,” she said.
Andrea announced Taylor at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards
It was just over a week after her first cancer diagnosis was shared with fans, Andrea joined Taylor onstage at the ACM Awards.
The Academy honored the singer with the Milestone Award. Andrea boast of being a “proud mom” as she introduced her daughter.
She said, “I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-hair little girl … Full of imagination and creativity until right now, when she prepares for her next world tour. I’m a very proud mom.”
Andrea has inspired two of Taylor’s songs
In 2008’s “The Best Day,” the pop star gave fans a glimpse into her close bond with Andrea.
She referenced a handful of sweet memories they have shared together over the years.
On Lover, Taylor opened up about the emotional trauma of navigating her mom’s cancer diagnosis in “Soon You’ll Get Better”.
The lyrics say, “And I hate to make this all about me/ But who am I supposed to talk to? What am I supposed to do? If there’s no you.”
During a YouTube Live, Taylor revealed that it was a family decision to ultimately include the song on the album. “It’s something I’m so proud of, but it’s just really hard. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song.”