1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened a number of services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from one of his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became thinking about musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to just run around the block four times and fantasize about whatever. She spent weekends performing at local celebrations and events.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required 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, nevertheless, because everyone because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to find out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system service technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided 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 manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist advancement deal and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift break into country music, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with experienced 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 began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the most convenient I've ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what took place 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 incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I really felt that I was lacking time. I wanted 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, Huge Device Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Big Device to hire her demonstration producer 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 eight 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 work of art 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.
Signboard 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to provide him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts trip. I genuinely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unidentified market teenage girls who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to solitarily write and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also 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 debut album extensively 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 awards for Taylor Swift. She was one of the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be honored with 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 Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard 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.
Brave debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining concert tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and tape-recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disrupted Kanye West an event that became the topic of debate, extensive limelights, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation 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 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 tune with rap artist T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Tune Best Female Nation Singing 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, an efficiency that got unfavorable evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got mixed reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teen.
Later on 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 compose 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 wrote 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, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates 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 Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which served as a testimony to her capabilities as an artist.
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 Performer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Rolling Stone put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She may get played on the nation station, but she's one of the few genuine rock stars we have actually got these days, with a flawless 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 Trip: Live She contributed 2 initial tunes 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 Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first primary 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 singles released from the album consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew 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 worked with 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 woman to have two million-selling album openings, a record acknowledged 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, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of honors, including 4 nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got American Music Awards for Finest Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song 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 stage throughout 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 Girl 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 fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous projects, 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, main pop album.
The album was launched 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 very first act to have 3 albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 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 tour of the year with $250 million in total earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which supplies greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 age 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 named Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Penis 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 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 first lady and 5th act total to win Album of the Year two times 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 singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star 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: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had sexually assaulted her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social media accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth 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 includes 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 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 two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.