1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
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 daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from one of his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became interested in musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip frequently to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards country music, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to just run around the block four times and fantasize about everything. She invested weekends performing at regional celebrations and events.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, because everybody in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to determine a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an original tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement deal and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the simplest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd be available in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house 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 showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Machine Records. She had very first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker's first finalizings, and her father acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift persuaded Big Maker to hire her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 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 nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Billboard 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Machine Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to offer him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I truly appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also launched the holiday album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Vacation Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her launching album thoroughly as the opening act for other nation musicians' tours 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 person to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining show trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an occurrence that became the subject of debate, widespread media attention, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Signboard named 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rap artist T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received unfavorable evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her very first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received combined evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Investigation, 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 first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Trip 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 three.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, launched on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of a million copies.
It became 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament to her capabilities 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 Entertainer 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 Country Album.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, composing: She might get played on the nation station, however she is among the few genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Whatever Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem arrived 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new producers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour 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 actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made several awards, consisting of four elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Finest Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award 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 Possibility movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Pass the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on stage throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Lady and had a supporting function in the film adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first recorded, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ran from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in total income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 era memes.
She re-added her whole catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was called Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Cock Clark Award for Excellence.
In 2015, Swift won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist The video for Bad Blood won Video of the Year Best Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among eight 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the first female and 5th act general to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their breakup, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had sexually assaulted her by searching her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury turned down 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, Reputation The single was Swift's 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 includes a heavy electropop sound, 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 became the very first act to have 4 albums sell one million copies within one week in the U.S.
. The album topped the charts in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
First-week around the world sales totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.