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 former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened several services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from among his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became interested in musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to simply run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends performing at regional festivals 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 traveled with her mom at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, because everybody in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to figure out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to conferences with major record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist development deal and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift break into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts 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 long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd write about 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 incredible 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 running out of time. I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Coffee shop 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 satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three 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 small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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 debut album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Device Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted things the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates throughout their 2006 trip 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 first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very 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 stated that although record market peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, 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 tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise released 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 launching album extensively as the opening act for other nation artists' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards 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 also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly 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 three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . 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 Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining show tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that became the subject of controversy, widespread limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won 5 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 Women.
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 rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Nation Song Best Female Country Singing Performance. 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 got unfavorable evaluations and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave 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 Ladies' single Two Is 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 Find Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed two tunes 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 filming her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
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 write 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 got in the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 ended up being 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 United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testament to her abilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including 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 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, writing: She might get used the country station, however she's one of the couple of real rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour 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 two initial tunes to The Hunger 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 Composed for Visual Media and was nominated 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 launched We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first top 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 singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Everything Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem reached the top 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 released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked 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 includes new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first female 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 actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous awards, consisting of four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Finest 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 fifth and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting role in the film adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack 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 country sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip 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 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 singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one 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 overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists during the streaming service's free 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 accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks 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 called Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very 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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the very first lady and 5th act total 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a former morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers 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. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected 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 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 released on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates a heavy electropop noise, 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 became 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 2 million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.