An Open Letter to Taylor Swift



I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on the recent success of your new album Red. You and your team at Big Machine have done an incredible job in the marketing of the album. In this business climate, 200-400k is exceptional, but one million units in seven days is a testament to both growth as an artist and the wonderful team that Scott Borchetta has working day and night keeping your name out there in front of the public. John Zarling, Jake Basden, and all of their staff do a phenomenal job at what they do.

But, as the Nashville Songwriters Association International proclaims, “It All Begins With A Song.” I think you know this better than anyone out there today. You have developed an uncanny knack for writing material that your public identifies with. At the same time, you continue to explore new ground as a recording artist and writer. Me being closer to 40 than to 30, I am not in your target audience. That being said, there are tracks on Red that really got to me. “I Knew You Were Trouble” might very well be the most musically adventurous song you have recorded yet, and along with tracks like “Sad Beautiful Tragic” and “Treacherous,” you are proving that the best only gets better!

But, as Paul Harvey once uttered, there is the ‘Rest of the Story.’ Since you became the superstar that you are, people have been watching. No, not just the Enquirer or Star, but people watch to see how you handle your record-setting success. I applaud you for the way that you seem to truly cherish and appreciate those who are fans of you. Whether it be inviting them to your home for a press conference, sending pizzas and other items to those waiting in lines for concert tickets to go on sale, you truly seem to be a class act. A few weeks ago, I was covering an event that you hosted at Nashville’s Pinnacle Building, with well over seventy media outlets participating from all over the world. You handled the sixteen hour day of interviews with grace to spare. The only other artist of your popularity level who I have witnessed treat the people around them as you was an artist named Brooks. That’s pretty good company!

I can’t tell you that I identify with every song you record. As I said I’m nearly 40, and if I were to truly write my feelings about people in my past, it might be a lot more darker or filled with a few more choice words. I’m not as good as reeling the emotions in as you are, I guess. And, as far as staying up overnight for concert tickets, sleep is very valuable….but each year of your career you have raised the level for how an artist should conduct themselves before the public, and that is something that cannot – and should not – be underestimated! Thank you for your example!

Chuck Dauphin for Country Music Chat

by Jessica Northey 

Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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