1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, 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 shared fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened several services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from one of his clients.
Swift determines as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became interested in musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus towards country music, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends performing 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 career in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, because everyone because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to figure out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into c and w, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked 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 satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the simplest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying 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 releasing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wanted to catch 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 Coffee shop 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 satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device's very first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift encouraged Huge Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 of the album's tunes 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 little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 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 nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Machine Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send out 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 allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to give him her 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 seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unknown market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Picture to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, 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 thoroughly as the opening act for other country artists' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors for Taylor Swift. She was one of the receivers 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 likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, 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 tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and top in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five singles were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance 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 performance tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was cut off Kanye West an event that ended up being the topic of controversy, extensive media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Country 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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Song Best Female Country Singing 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, an efficiency that got negative evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it refreshing to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Entertainer 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 2 Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and 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 House 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 primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which received blended reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teen.
Later 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 during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
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 Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testimony 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 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 positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She might get used the nation station, but she's one of the couple of genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip 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 Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in May 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 primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Everything Has Changed 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 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new producers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates 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 woman to have two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous distinctions, consisting of four nominations at the 56th Yearly 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 Best Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received 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 2nd recipient of the honor 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 wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't 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 stage throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, consisting of 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 first documented, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during 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 earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 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 trip of the year with $250 million in overall revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which provides higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her whole brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of eight artists to get 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the first female and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their separation, they co-wrote the song 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 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 launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a former morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had actually informed Mueller's bosses that he had actually sexually attacked her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal 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 launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Credibility The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Credibility was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop noise, 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 ended up being the 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 around the world sales totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.