Swift spent her early years on her family's Christmas tree farm.
Her grandmother had been a professional opera singer, and Swift soon followed in her footsteps.
The album's third single, "Our Song", made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008.
The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner.
To pursue her music career, Swift often visited Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2010 at several recording studios and was handled by Swift and country music producer Nathan Chapman.
There she co-wrote songs, and tried to land a recording contract. Written entirely by Swift, Speak Now expands on the country pop style of her previous work and features lyrical themes concerning love, romance, and heartbreak.
The album was released on November 11, 2008, by Big Machine Records.
As with her first album, Taylor Swift, Swift wrote or co-wrote all thirteen tracks on Fearless.