1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her younger bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from among his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family transferred to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Area 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 City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her wish to just run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends performing at local festivals and events.
After seeing 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 mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, due to the fact that everyone because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to find out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system service technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift get into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings 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 fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd come in with the most amazing hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing 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 catch 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 captured 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 turned into one of Big Maker's first finalizings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift encouraged Huge Device to employ her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three 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 small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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 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 throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates throughout their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she need to give 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 genuinely value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage girls who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also launched the vacation album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her debut album thoroughly as the opening act for other nation artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards for Taylor Swift. She was one of the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest Brand-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 began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 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 five singles were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Fearless debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining show trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and tape-recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was cut off Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of debate, prevalent limelights, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the song with rapper T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Song Best Female Country Singing Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received negative evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music 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 featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' single 2 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 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover 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 number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began 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 role which received combined evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later on 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 performing throughout 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All except The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which functioned as a testimony to her abilities 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 Billboard (2011 ), and Performer 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 placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get used the country station, but she is among the couple of genuine rock stars we have actually got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ran 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 two original tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth 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 Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 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 partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-new genres 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 first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of accolades, including 4 elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Nation 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 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 singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility film soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest 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 throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, consisting of 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 performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 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 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 Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles 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 overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial period, and Swift consented 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 age memes.
She re-added her whole catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award two times.
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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among eight artists to get a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first lady 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 tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Track Record Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had actually 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 work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack 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, Track record The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Credibility was released on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates 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 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 around the world sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.