Taylor Swift

Could Taylor Swift Return To Country Music?

Taylor Swift

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Singer-songwriter phenomenon Taylor Swift is best-known for her love-driven tunes, but her greatest love affair doesn’t lie in any of her songs; it belongs to the genre of country music.

Swift took the country scene by storm with the release of her self-titled debut album, which she first shared in October 2006. Six years later and the icon was teasing fans with hints of pop music intertwined throughout her Red album. Then, in 2014, she debuted her first full-fledged pop album, 1989.

It wasn’t until 2017 when the relationship between Swift and country music completely crumbled, though, because that’s when she dropped her current album’s lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” in which she proclaims, “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now / Why? Oh, ‘cause she’s dead.”

That renowned line left fans believing Swift cut all ties to country music. And maybe she did, but not for long. In fact, the country-turned-city girl has been gradually returning to her roots. Now there’s only one question brewing in the minds of Swift fans: Can Taylor Swift return to country music?

Her first splash back into the country came with Little Big Town’s Grammy Award-winning “Better Man.” Released in 2017, the track was written by Swift and can be found on LBT’s The Breaker. Following its major success, Swift allowed her own voice to once again conquer country radio with “New Year’s Day,” the lone single from Reputation she dedicated to country music airplay.

Most recently, its the release of “Babe” that has Swift fans tuning into country radio. Originally written for her Red album, Swift teamed up with Train vocalist Pat Monahan in the making of this noteworthy number. But what makes this track even more special than it just being another Swift success is that it was cut by Sugarland, a duo comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, who just recently began releasing new music after a five-year break — “Babe” will be featured on Sugarland’s upcoming album, Bigger, which will be available June 8. And best of all, Swift’s vocals can also be heard on this song, as she supplies backup vocals throughout its entirety.

“Hey guys, I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the nice things you’ve been saying about ‘Babe,’” Swift said in a video she shared via social media. “I’m so happy that it gets its own life. I’m so happy that Sugarland wanted to record it and has done such a great job with it, and I’m so stoked to be able to sing on it too.”

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It appears Swift isn’t the only one attached to the new Sugarland jam, though.

“I really love #Babe by @Sugarlandmusic featuring @taylorswift13. It is nice to see Taylor return to her country roots,” one Twitter user said.

Another Twitter user added, “After #Babe and #BetterMan I want @taylorswift13 to write more and more songs for other artists especially artists of #CountryMusic.”

What’s remaining of Swift’s relationship with country music goes beyond dishing out hit songs: She actually made a surprise appearance at the Nashville-famous BlueBird Cafe in April.

“Went back and played the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville!” she shared in a social media post. “I played there for the first time when I was 14.”

A trip to Music City, also known as the home of country music? She couldn’t show any more commitment if she tried.

Yet, she does. Since signing with Big Machine Label Group over a decade ago, she’s still featured on the country-infused roster. Big Machine is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and led by Scott Borchetta, the person credited for discovering Swift and the one whom Swift remains loyal.

With that, there’s extensive proof that Swift could potentially return to country music full-time. So, “can she?” is not the appropriate question — let’s face it, T-Swift could pave any path and fans will unreluctantly follow — a better question, however, would be “will she?”

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