1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened several organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from among his clients.
Swift recognizes 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 family moved 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 interested in musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to just run around the block four times and fantasize about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at local celebrations and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, since everybody in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to find out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer service technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began dealing with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in conferences with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement deal and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift break into c and w, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with experienced 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 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 discuss what happened 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 amazing hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I truly felt that I was running out of 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 showcase 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, Huge Maker Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her father acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Huge Maker to hire her demonstration producer 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 launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it invested 157 weeks the longest remain 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.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv looks, 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 designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought 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 genuinely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily compose 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 Holiday Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her launching album extensively as the opening act for other nation musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest person to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Finest 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 started a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 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 Billboard 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 number two.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at top on the Signboard 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 television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Pictured at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an occurrence that became the topic of controversy, prevalent limelights, and numerous 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 five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Signboard 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 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 Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Country Song Best Female Nation 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, a performance that got negative reviews and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' single Two 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 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated 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 defiant teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical guest 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 released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd 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 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, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned as a testimony 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), Lady of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (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.
Rolling Stone put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She may get played on the country station, but she is among the couple of real rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial tunes to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-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 nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Initial Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back 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 song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble 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 carrying out on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new producers besides longtime partners 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 primary 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 acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation tour when it completed.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of distinctions, including 4 nominations at the 56th Yearly 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 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 Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor 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 tune received a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring 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 phase during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New York 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 different projects, 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 first recorded, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have 3 albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ran from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in total revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period 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 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 received the inaugural Cock 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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 artists to get a 50th Anniversary Turning Point Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music 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 at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's bosses that he had 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 employment. Quickly 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 thereafter 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 very 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 incorporates 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 became 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 actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.