1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on 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 former housewife who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her younger bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened several companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from one of his customers.
Swift identifies as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The household relocated to a leased house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended 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 took a trip frequently to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at regional celebrations and events.
After enjoying 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 check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, due to the fact that everybody because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system repairman and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist development offer and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift get into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before moving 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 launching 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 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 a few of the easiest I've ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd blog about what happened 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 incredible 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 recalled: I genuinely 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 an industry display at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Machine Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Machine's very first finalizings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album quickly after. Swift convinced Big Maker to hire her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 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 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 decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her launching album, Swift opened for other country 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 mom helped stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she ought to provide him her very 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 tour. I all the best appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching primary. 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 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 musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions for Taylor Swift. She was among 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 C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest 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 love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard 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 Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Courageous 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 released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was cut off Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the topic of controversy, prevalent media attention, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights 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 called her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
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 rapper T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Performance. 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 backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it rejuvenating 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 Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' single 2 Is Much 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 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started 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 received combined evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime 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 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 3rd 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, released 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All except The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which worked as a testimony to her capabilities as an artist.
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 C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get played on the country station, but she is among the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 initial tunes to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and taped 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 Globe Award for Best Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived 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 Trouble Everything Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with new producers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates new genres 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 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of distinctions, consisting of four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty won Best 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 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered 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 during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Lady and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, consisting of welcoming 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 recorded, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the 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 actually sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design 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 Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which provides higher 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 brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 hallmarks associated 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 Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the 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 get 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the first female 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 song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's bosses that he had actually sexually assaulted her by groping 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 launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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.
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 offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.