1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, 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 entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from one of his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a rented 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 comedy and performed 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 country music, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, because everybody in that town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to find out a way 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 helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially 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 graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching 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 began fulfilling for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the simplest I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd be available in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became 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 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 caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Maker Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's first signings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album soon after. Swift persuaded Big Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 of the album's tunes alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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 debut 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 spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she should provide him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts trip. I regards appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified 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 Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching primary. 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 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other country musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions 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 C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four 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 Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Fearless debuted at top on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining concert trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later 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 look in the movie and recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disturbed Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of debate, extensive media attention, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including 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 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 rapper T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Country Tune Best Female Country Singing Efficiency. 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 unfavorable evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single Two Is 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 two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover 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 first number one 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 began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which got combined evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later 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 carrying out throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third 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 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 Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testimony to her capabilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman 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.
Rolling Stone put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get played on the nation station, but she is among the couple of genuine rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two initial tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Initial Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Returning 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 Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew 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, arrived 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 producers besides long time partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top on the Billboard 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 acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it finished.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous distinctions, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Finest 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 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak 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 recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , including 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 Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie 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 producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, including inviting 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 very 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 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 three 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 offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist 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 Trip ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried 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 undermined the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire brochure 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 received the inaugural Cock 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 artists to get a 50th Anniversary Turning Point 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 Video. Swift was the very first lady 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 breakup, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's managers that he had sexually attacked her by groping her at an occasion. 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 assault for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected 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 sixth album, Track record The single was Swift's very 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 noise, 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 became 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 actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.