1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her younger bro, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from one of his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip frequently to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards country music, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about everything. She invested weekends performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, nevertheless, because everybody because town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system service technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development offer and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with skilled Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed a long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the easiest I've ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to state. And she 'd come in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I really felt that I was lacking time. I wished to record these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market display at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Device Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's first finalizings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Huge Device to hire her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the remaining eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
described it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it invested 157 weeks the longest stay on the chart by any release in the U.S. in the 2000s years.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other country acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Device Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she need to give him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I genuinely value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unidentified market teenage girls who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest individual to solitarily write and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also released the vacation album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her debut album extensively as the opening act for other country musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All five singles were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining concert tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and tape-recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the topic of controversy, prevalent media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Billboard called her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
She won Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for Romance at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rapper T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Tune Best Female Nation Singing Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received unfavorable reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single 2 Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which received blended evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, launched on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of a million copies.
It ended up being the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her abilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, consisting of Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (2011 and 2012) and the C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get used the nation station, however she is among the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 original songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Everything Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new producers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first female to have 2 million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of distinctions, including 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Pass the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on stage during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting function in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, including welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the country sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the very first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have three albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ran from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the free trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Signboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Cock Clark Award for Quality.
In 2015, Swift won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist The video for Bad Blood won Video of the Year Best Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Turning Point Award at the 2015 Academy of C And W Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first female and 5th act total to win Album of the Year two times as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their separation, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's managers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Track record The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Reputation was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop noise, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift ended up being the first act to have 4 albums offer one million copies within one week in the U.S.
. The album topped the charts in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
First-week worldwide sales totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.