1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, 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 shared fund Her more youthful 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 daddy'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 one of his clients.
Swift recognizes 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 relocated 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 ended up being thinking about musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She spent weekends performing at local festivals and events.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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 rejected, nevertheless, due to the fact that everyone because town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to figure out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, 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 began working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist development deal and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift break into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might 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 satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the simplest I've ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to state. And she 'd come in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I really felt that I was lacking time. I wanted to catch 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 Coffee shop in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Machine Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's very first signings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded 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 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 masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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 launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Machine Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted things the CD songs into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television 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 allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she should give him her very 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 trip. I all the best value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country 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 song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also 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 launching album extensively as the opening act for other country artists' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, including 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 individual to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . 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 singles were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Fearless debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining concert tour, 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 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 movie and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive media attention, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of 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 Biggest Albums Made By Women.
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 rapper T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Country Song Best Female Country Singing Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got negative reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless 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 Girls' single 2 Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started 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 received mixed 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 visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 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 Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. 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 Finest Nation Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testimony to her capabilities 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 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 Country Album.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might 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 tune click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed 2 original tunes to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, 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 new manufacturers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top on the Signboard 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 acknowledged 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, ending up being the highest-grossing country trip when it completed.
Red had actually offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of awards, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Finest 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 successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , including 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady 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 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 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 performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the very first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs 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 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 whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the free trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks 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 Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received 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 among eight artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of C And W Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first woman and fifth act overall 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 breakup, they co-wrote the song 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 couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had informed Mueller's bosses that he had 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. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack 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 media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Track record 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 accomplishment, Swift became the very 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 amounted to two million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.