Top 5 Characteristics that make Taylor Swift Stand out in the Music Industry

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It was no surprise that her newest album, 1989, won “Album of the Year” at the 2016 Grammy’s earlier this month. At only 26 years old, Taylor Swift has skyrocketed to success. With this year’s three wins, Taylor now has 10 Grammy’s.

Taylor is a truly talented artist who strives to be real with herself and her fans. The effects of stardom can be crippling, but Taylor has been able to remain a respectable individual, even in the wake of pressing celebrity standards.

How has she done this? Taylor exhibits many character qualities that are hard to find in stardom circles. Here are the top 5 reasons why I believe Taylor has been able to retain her integrity and become an incredible artist:

  1. She is real.

Taylor’s music depicts real life for the average person. She sings with genuine heart and feeling about things that everyone can relate with.

  1. She works hard.

This is no question. She has not gotten this far with out a whole lot of hard work.

  1. She is engaging.

Taylor is not afraid to talk to her fans. She is down-to-earth in the sense that she does not puff herself up to be better than everyone else.

  1. She is kind.

We rarely hear about Taylor getting into fights or arguments. She also publicly shows that she appreciates her fans at every concert.

  1. She is approachable.

Taylor has a ginormous fan base, but through her social media outlets she makes herself available to all her fans in a personal way.

These are all qualities that make someone great—whether you have 3 fans or 70 million. I often get stuck thinking that my success is determined by my career. But just think—if Taylor had none of these qualities, would be as big of a star? Don’t ever exchange a kind heart for a larger paycheck. It is often the small character qualities that start in the heart that make someone truly great.

-Megan W

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3 Rap Songs Christians Should Listen To

I listen to rap when I work out, and I’ve noticed that some of the songs have good lyrics.

Rappers are story-tellers. Yes, they swear and their messages aren’t always Christian. But if we are aware of what to watch out for in secular rap and listen to the radio edits, we can learn a lot.

Here are three rap songs that can help you find beauty and truth in secular rap.

  1. “Not Afraid” by EminemEminem

“I’m not afraid…To take a stand. I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one. Now some of you might still be in that place.”

Eminem’s songs delve into the darkness of his experiences. But his story of struggling is universal. We all have darkness in our pasts and we need to learn how to reconcile these experiences with the futures we want to live.

If we follow Jesus, He is able to carry us out of whatever we are facing.

  1. “Starting Over” by Macklemore

rjuepjfvo3rjjc1pbw3p“I’m just a flawed man… If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over.”

Falling back into past sin is hard. It is the reminder that we are going to have to fight sin our entire lives.

Macklemore tells the story of his drug relapse, and his raw emotions cut to the core for anyone who has failed to live up to their image.

As Christians, we will feel like are starting over almost every day, but God’s grace does not run out.

  1. “Strong Enough” by B.O.B. featuring Taylor Swiftdownload (4)

“I wish I was strong enough to lift not one but both of us. Someday I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us.”

This song is a reminder of our perfect weakness. Life is too much for us, and we aren’t strong enough to carry ourselves through it, much less someone else.

But in Christ we embrace weakness. We accept the difficulty of life and learn to lean into God, who is strong enough for all of us.