1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from among his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred 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 became interested in musical theater and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip frequently to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved 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 whatever. She spent weekends performing at local celebrations and events.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, since everybody in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to determine a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system service technician and local musician 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 began dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an original tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist development offer and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift burglarize country music, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially 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 finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and launching 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 an enduring working relationship with Liz Rose They began fulfilling for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the simplest I've ever done. Essentially, I was just 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 be available in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift ended up being 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 running out of time. I wished to record 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 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 Huge Device's first finalizings, and her dad purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album soon after. Swift convinced Huge Device to employ her demo 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 work of art 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 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 debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker 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 songs into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv appearances, 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 designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she must 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 sincerely value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily write and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 nation 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 among the recipients 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 also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top 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 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, 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 Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Fearless debuted at number one on the Signboard 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 Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was cut off Kanye West an event that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won 5 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 Biggest 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 rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Country Song Best Female Nation Singing Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received unfavorable evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous 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 Ladies' single 2 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 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of 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 launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got blended reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a defiant teenager.
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 write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift wrote 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All except The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned 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), Woman of the Year by Signboard (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.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She may get used the nation station, however she's one of the couple of authentic rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip 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 original songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her very first number one 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 Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty reached the top 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 launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new manufacturers besides long time partners 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 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 recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous honors, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble 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 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 a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song 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 phase 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 sitcom New Girl and had a supporting role in the film adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous campaigns, including 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, main 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 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 offer 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 singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs 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 earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, filed for 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 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 received the inaugural Cock 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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first lady and 5th act general to win Album of the Year two times as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their break up, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually attacked her by groping 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 assault for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social networks accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Credibility The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Track record 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 achievement, Swift ended up being 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 around the world sales totaled up to two million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.