1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who previously worked as a mutual fund Her younger sibling, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened a number of businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from among his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household relocated to a rented home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip routinely to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to simply run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She spent weekends performing at local celebrations and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, because everyone because town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer service technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided 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 supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement offer and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift get into country music, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed an enduring working relationship with Liz Rose They started satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the easiest I've ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd blog about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. 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 house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wished to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At an industry display 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, Huge Machine Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's very first signings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Device to employ her demo 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 released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained 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.
Signboard 200, where it invested 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 nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Device 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 out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv 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 informed Swift she ought to provide him her very 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 appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Need to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to solitarily write and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise released the vacation album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Vacation 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' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors 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 honored with the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Finest New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining performance tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and taped 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the topic of controversy, widespread limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Signboard 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 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 song with rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Country Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that got negative reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it rejuvenating to see someone so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 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, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic launching 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 girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which received blended reviews.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the 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 launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd 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 United States Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All except The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks 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 Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament 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 Signboard (2011 ), and Performer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (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 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She might get used the country 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 Trip ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original tunes 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 Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Best Initial Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Everything Has 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.
Three singles, 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 new producers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates 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 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, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous awards, consisting of 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Finest 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 got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and 6th 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 song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune 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 during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting function in the film adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York 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 different campaigns, including welcoming 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 documented, main pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, 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 very first act to have 3 albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top 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 ranged from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in total income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business'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 offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 era 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 Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Cock 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 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 Music Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act overall 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 breakup, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few 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: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller implicated 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 just a dollar.
The jury turned down 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 sixth 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.
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 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 around the world sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.