1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened several organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from one of his clients.
Swift identifies 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 family relocated to a leased house 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 theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip routinely to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about everything. She invested weekends performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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, however, since everybody in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to determine a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked with knowledgeable Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed a long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started fulfilling for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the simplest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was just 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 say. And she 'd come in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wished to record 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 Coffee shop in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Machine Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's first finalizings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to employ her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three of the album's songs 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 masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it spent 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 debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours 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 things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv 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 allotted 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 stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I sincerely value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift became 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 launched 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 artists' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards for Taylor Swift. She was one of the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest Brand-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 began a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All 5 songs were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Fearless debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was interrupted Kanye West an event that became the subject of controversy, prevalent limelights, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights 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.
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 rapper T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Efficiency. 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 got unfavorable reviews and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was named Entertainer 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 Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture 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 top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic launching 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 got combined evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
Later that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor 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 throughout 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 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 Triggers Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her abilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady 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 Nation Album.
Rolling Stone put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get used the country station, but she is among the few real rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 initial songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Initial Tune Swift featured 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 Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Whatever Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble 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, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new producers besides longtime 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 primary on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the first woman to have 2 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 Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it completed.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of awards, consisting of four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Finest 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 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Go By 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 Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl 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 fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous campaigns, 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 documented, 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 first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the 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 Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary 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 Tour ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free 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 during 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 throughout the free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 era 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 named Billboard's Woman 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 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first woman and fifth 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 includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor 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: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous early morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Shortly 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 released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth 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.
Credibility was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop noise, 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 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 worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.