1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare 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 former housewife who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from among his clients.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in 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 Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled frequently to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards country music, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at regional celebrations and events.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, since everyone because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer repairman and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started working with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After performing original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development offer and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift break into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School prior to 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 debut album
In Nashville, Swift dealt 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 started satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the simplest I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was simply her editor. She 'd write about what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd come in with the most incredible hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was running out of time. I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market 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, Big Maker Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's first finalizings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire 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 released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 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 Machine Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to offer him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her 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 said that although record market peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest individual 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 released 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 launching album extensively as the opening act for other country musicians' trips 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, becoming the youngest person to be bestowed 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 Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . 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 Signboard 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 top on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was cut off Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the topic of debate, widespread media attention, and lots of Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Signboard called her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Biggest Albums Made By Females.
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 rap artist T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Song Best Female Country 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, a performance that received unfavorable reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it revitalizing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Way Back Home 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 Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got mixed reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift wrote the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, released 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Triggers Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testimony to her capabilities 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 Billboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (2011 and 2012) and the C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Wanderer 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 few authentic rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ranged 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 initial songs to The Cravings 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 Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in May 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 first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived 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 consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Whatever Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble arrived 5 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 Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with new manufacturers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates 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 very 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 Trip ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous awards, including 4 nominations at the 56th Annual 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 Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth 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 song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song 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 , 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 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting function in the film adaptation The Provider 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 Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous projects, including welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very 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 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 sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one 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 ranged 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 removed her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering 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 announced that it would pay artists throughout the free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period 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 Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got 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 one of eight 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first woman and 5th act overall to win Album of the Year two times as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record producer 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 vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. 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 assault for nominal damages of only 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, Credibility The single was Swift's 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 integrates 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 totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.