1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful sibling, 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 dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened numerous businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from one of his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a leased house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip regularly to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward country music, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about everything. She invested weekends performing at regional festivals and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, because everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and began making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to 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 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 long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began fulfilling for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd write about what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most amazing 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 recalled: I really felt that I was lacking 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 captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's first signings, and her father bought a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift encouraged Huge Maker to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 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 released on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
explained it as a little masterpiece of pop-minded nation, 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 decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Device Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she need to 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 trip. I best regards value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unidentified market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest person to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also 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 debut album thoroughly 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 accolades for Taylor Swift. She was one of the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest individual to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Best 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 singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . 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 number two.
All five songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Courageous debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining show tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, 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 Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the subject of debate, extensive media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Signboard 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 Women.
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 Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Song 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 received unfavorable reviews and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single 2 Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Way 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 very first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which got blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned as a testimony to her capabilities as an artist.
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 Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (2011 and 2012) and the C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Country 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 played on the nation station, however she is among the couple of genuine rock stars we have actually 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original tunes to The Appetite 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 Song Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th 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, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty 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 launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new producers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes brand-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 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 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 numerous distinctions, including four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Best 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 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out 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 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting function in the film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth 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 nation sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her first documented, 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 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have three 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 Area , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style 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 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 stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related 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 Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the 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 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first woman and fifth act total 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 break up, 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 actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by groping her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined 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, 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.
Reputation was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates 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 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 sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.