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 father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked 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 several organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from among his customers.
Swift identifies 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 household relocated to a rented house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled routinely to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at local festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, due to the fact that everybody in that town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to determine a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer service 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 Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started dealing with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled 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 major record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift get into country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended 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: Career beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked with skilled 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 started fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She 'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wanted 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 Coffee shop in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Device Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's first finalizings, and her dad purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three 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 City Times
described it as a little masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, 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 country acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Machine Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, 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 designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she should provide 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 truly value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unidentified market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift became 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 released 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other country artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of 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, becoming the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest Brand-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 started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was released 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 Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All 5 singles were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Brave debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining concert trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Pictured at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and taped 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disrupted Kanye West an event that became the topic of debate, extensive media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Billboard 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 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 rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Tune Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received negative evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W 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 Girls' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting 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 mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
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 performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in 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 ended up being 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 songs. All except The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted 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), Female of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (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.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She might get played on the country station, but she is among 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 earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 initial tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , 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 World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her first primary 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 include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble 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, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked 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 includes 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 woman to have 2 million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ran 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 earned numerous honors, consisting of four elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and sixth consecutive 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 tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous campaigns, consisting of 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 very first documented, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 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 made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design 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 ran from May 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 value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing 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 throughout the totally free trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 period 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, ending up being 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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to get a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act general to win Album of the Year two times 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 at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few 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 released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Track Record Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers 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 attack for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury turned down 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, 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 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 totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.