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 dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her younger brother, Austin, is a star.
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 daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened several businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from one of his customers.
Swift identifies 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 household transferred to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became interested in musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip regularly to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and events.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, due to the fact that everyone in that town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system service technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started working with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in conferences with major record labels.
After carrying out initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School before 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: Career starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked 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 writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the most convenient I've ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting 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 publishing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I really felt that I was running out of 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, Big Machine Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's very first signings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album soon after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to employ her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Device Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send 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 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she must give 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 best regards value 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 c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest person 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 launched 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other nation 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 recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and top in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining concert trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, 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 Tour in 2009.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an incident that ended up being the topic of controversy, widespread media attention, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
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 Ladies.
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 tune with rap artist T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Song Best Female Nation Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received unfavorable evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it refreshing to see someone so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music 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 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 Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received blended reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed 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 carrying out throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered 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 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, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country 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 Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testimony to her abilities 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 Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer 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 placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the nation station, but she's one of the couple of genuine rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed 2 initial songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , 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 World Award for Best Original Tune Swift featured 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 Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her 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 Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was released 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 genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary on the Billboard 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 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 country tour when it completed.
Red had offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous honors, including 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 Best Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received 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 a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song 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 , featuring 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 during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman and had a supporting role in the movie adjustment The Giver 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 Load 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 very first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched 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 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 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 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 arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ran from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in total earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which provides higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists during the streaming service's free three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the 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 era memes.
She re-added her entire catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among eight artists to receive 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the first lady 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 separation, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had actually sexually assaulted her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal 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 launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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.
Credibility was released on November 10, 2017.
The album includes 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 accomplishment, 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 worldwide sales amounted to two million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.