1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is a star.
She was called 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 community leader who opened several organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family transferred to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards country music, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at regional festivals and events.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled 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, since everyone in that town wanted 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 repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist development deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift get into country music, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and debut album
In Nashville, Swift dealt 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 started 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. Basically, 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 say. And she 'd can be found in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was running out of 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Device Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Device's first finalizings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Maker to employ 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 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 small work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, 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 years.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Machine Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout 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 give him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I all the best value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift became 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 released 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 extensively as the opening act for other nation artists' trips 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 receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Finest New Artist 50th Annual 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 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 number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at primary 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 released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Pictured at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an event that became the subject of controversy, prevalent media attention, and many 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 5 American Music Awards, consisting of 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 Women.
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 rapper T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Tune Best Female Nation Vocal 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, a performance that got negative evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was named Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' 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 Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her very first top 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 broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which received blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 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 compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched 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 Signboard 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 Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted 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 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 put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She may get played on the country station, however she's one of the few real rock stars we've got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a song 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 songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Initial Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released 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 number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty arrived 5 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 released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new producers besides long time partners 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 top on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first woman to have two million-selling album openings, a record acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's 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 trip when it finished.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous awards, including 4 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 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 5th and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Pass the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on phase throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman 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 working on her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, consisting of inviting 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, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very 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 sold 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 singles 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 profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which provides higher 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 mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period 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 Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award two times.
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 one of 8 artists to get 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 Finest Music Video. Swift was the first woman and 5th act general to win Album of the Year twice 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 singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune 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 tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Reputation 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 incorporates 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 offer 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 two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.