1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened a number of services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from one of his customers.
Swift identifies as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a leased house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became interested in musical comedy and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards country music, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to simply run around the block four times and fantasize about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, since everyone in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to find out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started dealing with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, 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 conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist development offer and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift get into country music, her daddy 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 initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts 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 began satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the simplest I've ever done. Generally, 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 state. And she 'd be available in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly 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 an industry 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, Huge Maker Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's very first finalizings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album quickly after. Swift convinced Big Device to employ her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the remaining 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded nation, 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 debut album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD singles 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 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she ought to 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 disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to single-handedly write 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 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, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors 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 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 likewise chosen for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second 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 Courageous . Romance, 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 five singles were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Courageous debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining performance trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, 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 Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an event that became the subject of controversy, widespread limelights, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
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 Greatest Albums Made By Ladies.
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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Tune Best Female Country Singing Performance. 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 got unfavorable reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Performer 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 2 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 two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Way Back Home 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 filming her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a defiant teenager.
Later 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 third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard 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 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, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testimony to her capabilities as an artist.
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 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 Nation Album.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the country station, however she's one of the couple of real rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: 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 & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in May 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 top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty reached the top 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 worked with new manufacturers 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 primary on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the 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 sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous honors, including four elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Trouble won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got 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 fifth and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special 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 recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility film soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 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 Girl and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various projects, consisting of 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 first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched 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. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 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 actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles 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 ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance 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 weakened the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 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 called Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award two times.
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 Collaboration 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best 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 break up, 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 began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Credibility Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had actually 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. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of only 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 sixth album, Credibility 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 integrates 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 became the very first act to have four 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 actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.