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 father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous 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; some of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from among his clients.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a rented house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and occasions.
After seeing 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 mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, due to the fact that everyone in that town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to figure out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift get into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with knowledgeable 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 satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss 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 extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house 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 capture 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 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 Device's first finalizings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Maker to hire her demonstration manufacturer 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 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 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 decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours 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 helped stuff the CD songs 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 throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to give him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I genuinely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift became 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 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 country musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions 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 C and w 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 Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall tour.
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 . Romance, 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 top.
Fearless 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, grossed 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 carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, 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 called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was cut off Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive 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, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Signboard 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 Females.
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 Punk Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got unfavorable reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it refreshing 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 person to win the honor.
Swift included 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 two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Discover 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 top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic debut 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got blended evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during 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. 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 ended up being 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which worked as a testimony to her abilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Female of the Year by Billboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (2011 and 2012) and the C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Rolling Stone placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get used the nation station, but she's one of the couple of genuine rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Whatever Has Actually 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.
3 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new producers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes new genres 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 first woman to have 2 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 earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of honors, consisting of four nominations at the 56th Annual 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 Best Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got 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 a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She offered visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , featuring 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 throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting role in the movie adaptation The Provider 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 Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, 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 released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing 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 Signboard 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 including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in total income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed 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 offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists during the streaming service's free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 era 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 Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got 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 eight 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 Finest Music Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th 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 separation, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Credibility Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had 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 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 sixth album, Track record 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 released 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 became the 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 totaled up to two million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.