1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house 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 former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened a number of companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a rented home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became thinking about musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards country music, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. 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 go to Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, because everyone in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to find out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift burglarize country music, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and debut 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 satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the simplest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd be available in with the most amazing hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: 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 an industry showcase 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 Maker Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Maker's first signings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift encouraged Big Machine to employ her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three of the album's tunes alone, and co-wrote the remaining 8 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 little masterpiece 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.
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 launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy during 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 invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television 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 allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she should provide 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 trip. I best regards appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unidentified market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles 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 Must've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one tune 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 Vacation 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 musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest Brand-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 romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 songs were Billboard Hot Nation 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 Tour, Swift's first headlining concert trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Movie, 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 named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event 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 Country Album.
Signboard named 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the song with rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Tune Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received negative reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see somebody so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is 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 Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on 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 TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed 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 performing throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in 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, making Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned as a testament to her capabilities 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), Female of the Year by Billboard (2011 ), and Performer 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 Country Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get used the country station, but she's one of the few genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ranged 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 songs to The Appetite 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 chosen for the Golden World Award for Finest Initial Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very 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 Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood 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, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first woman to have 2 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 ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, consisting of 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got American Music Awards for Best Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got 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 Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the award 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 tune got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Go By 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 Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman and had a supporting role in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous 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 recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip 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 very first act to have three 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.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs 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 profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 era 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 twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the very first lady and fifth act general to win Album of the Year two times 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 tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had 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 nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and released 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.
Credibility was released 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 very 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 sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.