1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her younger bro, 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 neighborhood leader who opened numerous organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from among his customers.
Swift identifies as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a rented home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled frequently to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus toward country music, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to just run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at local celebrations and events.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, because everybody because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to figure out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began dealing with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement deal and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift get into country music, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career starts and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked with knowledgeable 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 thought the sessions were some of the simplest I've ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd come in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became 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 truly 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 an industry 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 Device Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Device's very first signings, and her dad bought a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album soon after. Swift persuaded Big Machine to hire her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three 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 Times
described it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, 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 years.
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 helped things the CD songs into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv looks, 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 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 truly value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 extensively as the opening act for other country musicians' 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 individual to be bestowed the title.
She likewise 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 Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . 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 second.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at number one 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 Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an event that ended up being the topic of controversy, widespread media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won five 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 Greatest 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 Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Finest Nation Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received negative evaluations and triggered media reaction.
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 Fearless and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single 2 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 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 very 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 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 received mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical guest 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 Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third 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, 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 Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testament 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 Signboard (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 Country Album.
Wanderer placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get used the nation station, but she is among the few genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: 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 Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World 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 4th studio album, Red. It became her first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Everything Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty arrived 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 songs, 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 producers besides long time 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 number one on the Billboard 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 earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it completed.
Red had actually sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of accolades, including four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received 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 5th 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 award after Garth Brooks Throughout 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 Possibility film soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune 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 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Lady and had a supporting role in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, consisting of 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 recorded, 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 first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have 3 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.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top 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 Tour ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in total income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial duration and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire 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, ending up being the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Penis 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the very first lady 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 includes vocals from Barbadian singer 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: Track record
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked 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. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social media accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth 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 accomplishment, Swift ended up being the first act to have four 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 as of 2018.