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 mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened a number of services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from among his clients.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The family transferred to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became thinking about musical comedy and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her want to just run around the block four times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at local celebrations and events.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, because everyone because town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to find out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system service technician and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began dealing with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize country music, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the family relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with knowledgeable 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 began meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually ever done. Essentially, 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 say. And she 'd come in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wished to catch 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 Coffee shop in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Device Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Device's first finalizings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Big Machine to employ her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 of the album's tunes alone, and co-wrote the remaining 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a small work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly told Swift she ought to offer him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I all the best value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unidentified market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily compose and sing a number-one song 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 Holiday 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 artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards for Taylor Swift. She was one of the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest individual to be bestowed the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Finest Brand-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 started a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining performance tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and taped two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was interrupted Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the topic of debate, prevalent limelights, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of 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 Ladies.
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 rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Song Best Female Country Singing Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received unfavorable reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was named Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic launching 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 role which got mixed reviews.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out throughout 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. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift wrote 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 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her capabilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including 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 Country Music (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get used the country station, however she's one of the few authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original songs to The Cravings 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 Finest Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Everything Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with new manufacturers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at number one 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 recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned several honors, consisting of 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Finest 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 consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special 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 composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , including 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 throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting function in the film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous campaigns, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs 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 total earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was called Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Penis 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of eight artists to get a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of C And W Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first lady and fifth act total 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 subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Track record 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 released on November 10, 2017.
The album includes a heavy electropop noise, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this accomplishment, Swift became the 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 worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.