1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened a number of services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled frequently to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to simply run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at local festivals and occasions.
After viewing 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 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 thinking to myself, I need to figure out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began dealing with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in conferences with major record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut 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 a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest 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 trying to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home but 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 a market 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 Device Records. She had very first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her dad bought a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift encouraged Big Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 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 launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
described it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' tours 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 mom assisted things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she need to offer him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I all the best value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown 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 Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual 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 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 country artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers 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 Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Best New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All five songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining concert trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that became the topic of debate, extensive media attention, and lots of Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including 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 tune with rapper T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Song Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received negative reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it rejuvenating to see someone so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift featured 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 Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very 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 separated later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which received blended reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed 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 performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Billboard 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 Billboard 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her capabilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, consisting of 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 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 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She might get played on the nation station, however she is among the couple of real rock stars we've got nowadays, 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 Trip: Live She contributed 2 initial 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 Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Initial Song Swift included 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 Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th 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 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 consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides long time partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the first woman 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 Trip ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it finished.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous awards, including 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 received American Music Awards for Finest Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor 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 tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune 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 stage throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous projects, consisting of 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 released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, 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 very first act to have three albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs 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 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 weakened the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire 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, ending up being the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Dick 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 artists to get 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 Finest Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act overall 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 breakup, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated 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: Track record
Swift on her Credibility Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. 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 small damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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.
Reputation was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates a heavy electropop noise, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift became the first act to have four 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 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.