1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was called 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 invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from one of his clients.
Swift identifies 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 family relocated to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards country music, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to just run around the block four times and fantasize about whatever. She spent weekends performing at local festivals and events.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, because everybody in that 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 old, computer system repairman and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift burglarize 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 at first attended Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced 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 fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the easiest I've 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 state. And she 'd can be found in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wanted to record 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, Huge Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device's very first signings, and her father bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Big Device to hire her demonstration producer 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 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 spent 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' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, 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 designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to provide 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 seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to single-handedly write and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other nation artists' tours 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 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 also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 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 second.
All five singles were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
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 trip, 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 likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Pictured at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that ended up being the topic of debate, prevalent media attention, and many 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, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Billboard called her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Song Best Female Nation Vocal 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, a performance that got unfavorable reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it rejuvenating to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music 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 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 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second 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 girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which received mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
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 Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed 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, making 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 except The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament 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 C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She may get used the country station, however she's one of the few real rock stars we've got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour 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 original tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Song Swift included 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 Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first primary 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 songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Everything Has Altered 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.
Three singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with new producers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first female to have 2 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of awards, consisting of four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty 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 got 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 an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Pass 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 movie 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 lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the country sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, 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 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout 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 earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered 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 singles Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour 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 importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole brochure 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 offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary trial duration, 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 Signboard's Woman 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to get 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 Best Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first female and 5th act total 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 separation, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Track Record 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 earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had 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 work. Shortly 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, 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.
Credibility was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop sound, 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 sell 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.