1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened a number of businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from among his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a rented home in the rural 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 carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, due to the fact that everyone because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to figure out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system service technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided 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 skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an initial song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist advancement offer and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into country music, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the family transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with knowledgeable 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 composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the most convenient 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 releasing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I really felt that I was lacking time. I wanted 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Device Records. She had very first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker'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 shortly after. Swift persuaded Big Device to hire her demonstration 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 staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it invested 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' tours 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 singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during 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 provide him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I sincerely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Picture to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to solitarily compose and sing a number-one song 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 launching album thoroughly 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 distinctions 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 honored with 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 nominated for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly 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 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released 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 Signboard Hot 100 and top in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All five songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at number one on the Billboard 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 Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an event that became the topic of controversy, prevalent limelights, and lots of Web 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 Nation Album.
Billboard named her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Biggest Albums Made By Ladies.
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 Punk Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Tune Best Female Nation Vocal 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 got unfavorable reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music 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 Women' 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 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always 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 second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic debut 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 girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which received combined evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching 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 performing during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift wrote 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, making Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched 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 in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testimony to her abilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman of the Year by Billboard (2011 ), and Performer 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.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get used the nation station, but she's one of the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, 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 Trip: Live She contributed two initial songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift featured 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 top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune 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 Difficulty Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty reached the top 5 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 carrying out on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides long time 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 number one 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 first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made several honors, consisting of four elections 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 5th and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , featuring 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 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Lady and had a supporting function in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous projects, consisting of inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her first documented, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the very 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 made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary 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 Tour ranged from May 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 importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which supplies greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout 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 duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age 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 called Signboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Dick 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 eight artists to receive 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the first female and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their breakup, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song 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 tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, 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 employment. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small 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, Credibility The single was Swift's first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Reputation was launched 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 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 totaled up to two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.