1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened numerous services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from among his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became interested in musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled routinely to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards country music, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, because everyone in that town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in meetings with major record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist development deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize country music, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked 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 started satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the easiest I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd blog about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most incredible hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I really 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Maker Records. She had very first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Device's first signings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album quickly after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's tunes alone, and co-wrote the staying eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it spent 157 weeks the longest stay on the chart by any release in the U.S. in the 2000s decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips 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 mom helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she should offer 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 tour. I seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. 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 likewise launched 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 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 awards 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 honored with the title.
She likewise 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 Best New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance 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 Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave 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 concert trip, 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 performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded two 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 cut off Kanye West an incident that became the topic of controversy, extensive media attention, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event 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.
Billboard called her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Biggest Albums Made By Women.
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 rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Song 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, an efficiency that got unfavorable evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see someone so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave 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 Girls' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of 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 Signboard 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 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 TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, released on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Signboard 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All except The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates 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 Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which functioned as a testament to her capabilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer 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 Nation Album.
Rolling Stone 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 nation station, but she is among the couple of real rock stars we have actually got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two original songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Initial Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , 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 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides longtime partners 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 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 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 country trip when it finished.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned several distinctions, including four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Best 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 got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The tune got a Best Original Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Go By 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 enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy 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 working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the country noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her first recorded, main pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the 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 actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in overall income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed 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 company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her whole brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named 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 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 8 artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Turning Point Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act overall 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 breakup, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes 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 began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a previous morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually assaulted 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. Shortly 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 thereafter cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Credibility 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 incorporates 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 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 worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.