1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a shared fund Her younger sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from among his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, nevertheless, since everyone in that town wished to do what I wished 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 system service technician and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very 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 help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was provided an artist development deal and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated 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 composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the most convenient I've ever done. Essentially, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what occurred 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 amazing hooks. Swift became 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 really felt that I was running out of 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 caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Machine's very first signings, and her father acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift encouraged Big Machine to hire her demo 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 remaining eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released 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 company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it invested 157 weeks the longest remain 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 nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to provide him her very 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 trip. I seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unidentified 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 Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise launched the vacation album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Vacation Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her debut album thoroughly as the opening act for other country musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation 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 season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard Hot 100 and top 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 Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Courageous debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining show tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere 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 music video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the topic of debate, prevalent limelights, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Signboard 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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Country Song Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. 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 got negative reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous 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 Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which received mixed reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed 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 Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, released 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, making 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 United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testimony to her abilities 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 Billboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get played on the country station, but she's one of the few real rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip ran 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 tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in May 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 very first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new producers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-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 first woman 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, becoming the highest-grossing nation tour when it completed.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned several accolades, 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 got 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 successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Go By the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on phase during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting function in the film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, consisting of 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 first recorded, main pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 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 3 albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour 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 brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age 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 named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Dick 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 Cooperation 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 Best Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act overall 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 separation, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Credibility Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually assaulted her by groping her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined 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 first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Credibility was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates a heavy electropop sound, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift ended up being the very first act to have four 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 around the world sales amounted to two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.