1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened a number of services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from one of his clients.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a leased house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became interested in musical comedy and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled frequently to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent 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 profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, since everybody because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to find out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system 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 working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to meetings with major record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and began making regular journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift get into c and w, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the family relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and debut 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 a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the simplest I've ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd write about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd be available in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home 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 capture 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 Machine Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her dad purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift encouraged Big Device to employ her demo manufacturer 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 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 stay on the chart by any release in the U.S. in the 2000s decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Device Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped stuff 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 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 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 market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown 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 Song Image 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 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 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 launching album thoroughly as the opening act for other nation musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions 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 also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard Hot 100 and top 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 primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining performance trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disturbed Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of debate, widespread limelights, and lots of Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Country 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 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 Nation Album, and White Horse was called Finest Nation Song Best Female Nation Singing Performance. 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 backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed 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 throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, launched on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Signboard 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 tunes 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 number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which functioned as a testament 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), Woman of the Year by Billboard (2011 ), and Entertainer 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 Nation Album.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the nation station, however she is among the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 original songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed 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 , released in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth 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, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Everything Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new manufacturers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top 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 grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of awards, including 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty 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 got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The tune got a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song 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 throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting role in the movie adaptation 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 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 nation noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip 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 first act to have three albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ran from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using 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 revealed that it would pay artists during the free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 era 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 called Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award two times.
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 one of 8 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act general 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 features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by groping her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small 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 released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth 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 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 ended up being 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 amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.