1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center 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 housewife who previously worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his clients.
Swift determines 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 household transferred to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled frequently to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends performing at local celebrations and occasions.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession 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 turned down, however, because everyone in that town wanted 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 of ages, computer system repairman and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to meetings with major record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift burglarize c and w, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the family transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much 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 a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started meeting 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 just her editor. She 'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd come in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I genuinely 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 an industry showcase 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, Big Machine Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Machine's very first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift encouraged Huge Maker to employ her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the remaining 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 masterpiece of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, 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 years.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Device Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly told Swift she must give 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 trip. I truly appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unknown market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also 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 debut album thoroughly 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 accolades for Taylor Swift. She was one of the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest individual to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance 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.
Five singles were released 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 primary 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 Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining show trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, 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.
Pictured at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and taped two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the subject of controversy, prevalent media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
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 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 Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Song Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that got negative reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it revitalizing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless 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 Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method 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 top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated 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 TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out 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 during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard 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 became 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks 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 Finest Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which functioned 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), Female of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (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.
Wanderer placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get played on the country station, however she is among the few genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect 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 songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem reached the top 5 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 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 incorporates new genres 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 first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of honors, including four nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Finest 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 got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction 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 song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed 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 lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Provider 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 numerous projects, consisting of welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the country noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very 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 sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top 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 ran 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 removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which supplies greater 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 stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the free trial duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period 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 named Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of eight artists to get a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first lady and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer 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 outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English star 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: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually assaulted her by searching her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of just 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.
Credibility was released on November 10, 2017.
The album includes 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 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 around the world sales amounted to two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.