1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few 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 organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from one of his clients.
Swift recognizes 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 transferred to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled frequently to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, because everyone because town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began dealing with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist development deal and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career starts and debut 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 an enduring working relationship with Liz Rose They began satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift ended up being 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 really 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 Machine Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device's first finalizings, and her father bought a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift convinced Big Machine to hire her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three 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 launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
explained it as a small 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.
Signboard 200, where it invested 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' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Machine Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv appearances, 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 told Swift she must provide him her 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 sincerely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to'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 also 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 debut album thoroughly as the opening act for other country musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards 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 person to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest 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 Yearly 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 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard 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 number two.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining show 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 also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Pictured at the best of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and taped two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the 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, widespread limelights, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Signboard 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 Females.
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 Hooligan Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got negative reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave 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 Girls' single 2 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 Find Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received combined reviews.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later on 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 during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed 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 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All except 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 quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted 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 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 put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She might get played on the nation station, however she is among the few genuine rock stars we have actually got these days, with a flawless 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 Trip: Live She contributed 2 original tunes to The Hunger 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 nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift included 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 Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first primary 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 Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble arrived 5 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 Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new producers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes new categories 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 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 Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had actually sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, including four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Best 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 received 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 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 recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 stage throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting role in the movie 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 manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, consisting of inviting 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 very first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the very 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.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in overall income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age 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 Signboard's Woman 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 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 among 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the very first lady and fifth act overall 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 breakup, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury turned down Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social media 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.
Track record 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 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 amounted to two million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.