Rick Barker is Taylor Swift’s former manager. He worked with her for about two years beginning around the time she signed with Big Machine Records through when she became a platinum selling artist!! Rick joined us in Episode 20, parts 1 and 2 (so much fun we couldn’t fit it into one!) to tell us all kinds of fun stories from Taylor’s early career. He is very well known for his famous quote he spoke to Taylor, telling her if she wanted to sell 500,000 albums, then she would have to go meet 500,000 people.
Declan is perhaps one of the most unique guests we have had. In Episode 8, he tells us how he came to direct Taylor Swift’s music videos for “Mean” and “Ours,” and takes us behind the scenes of the video shoots and working with Taylor. His other work includes music videos for The Jonas Brothers, Sugarland, David Archuleta and more!!
UPDATE: Since our interview, Declan has also directed the music video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
Brian Mansfield is the Nashville correspondent for USA Today, one of the largest newspapers in the United States. Having first met Taylor Swift when she was only 15, he’s followed her from the beginning and was able to share some of his expert insight, as well as some great stories from early in Taylor’s career. Listen to Episode 11 to hear our discussion with Brian and more!! Fun fact: Brian was the first person Taylor ever followed on Twitter.
Idol Chatter – Brian’s American Idol Blog for USA Today
Charlie Worsham was our very first guest, appearing in Part 2 of EPIC EPISODE FOUR, which appeared on iTunes on November 30, 2011. He opened for Taylor Swift on the Speak Now World Tour for approximately three weeks, with stops including Dallas and Nashville.
Check out Charlie Worsham – EP – Charlie Worsham on iTunes.
Jesse Saperstein is an anti-bullying advocate who utilizes the inspirational messages of Taylor Swift’s song “Mean” to spread his cause. He joined us on Episode 8, and helped us lead into our discussion with Declan Whitebloom who directed the music video for “Mean” creating a lot of the imagery that inspired Jesse’s use of the song in his campaign.