1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
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 numerous companies 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 rented 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 thinking about musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled routinely to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, due to the fact that everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to figure out a method 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 write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started working with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist development offer and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize country music, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts 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 a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the most convenient I've ever done. Essentially, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I really 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift caught 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 became one of Huge Machine's first signings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released 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 firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it spent 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 debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Device Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, 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 allocated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she must offer him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I best regards value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly 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 Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily write and sing a number-one song 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 artists' 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 also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 singles were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story 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 first headlining concert tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the film and recorded 2 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 cut off Kanye West an incident that ended up being the topic of controversy, prevalent media attention, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including 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 Greatest Albums Made By Ladies.
She won Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for Romance 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, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Song Best Female Country Vocal 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 unfavorable reviews and triggered media reaction.
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 Fearless and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of 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 shooting her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which got blended reviews.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity 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 first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Billboard 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 ended up being 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 Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of Us 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 briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind 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, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Female 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 put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get used the nation station, but she is among the couple of genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune 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 Trip: Live She contributed two original tunes to The Cravings 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 Song Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Initial Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released 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 tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty arrived five 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 carrying out on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new manufacturers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first female 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 Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, 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 received American Music Awards for Finest Female Nation 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 a special Pinnacle 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 tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed 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 Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting role in the movie adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city 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 various projects, including 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 documented, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 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 sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rapper 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 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 worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which supplies 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 free three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 era 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 called Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Dick 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of C And W Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first woman 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 break up, 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 subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning show personality 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 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 only a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social networks accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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.
Track record was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates a heavy electropop sound, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, 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 worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.