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 father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among 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 moving to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location 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 took a trip regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to just run around the block four times and fantasize about everything. She spent weekends performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed 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, nevertheless, because everybody because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system service technician and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started dealing with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with major record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift get into country music, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the family relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with skilled 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 believed the sessions were some of the simplest 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 attempting to say. And she 'd be available in with the most amazing 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 truly felt that I was running out of time. I wanted to record 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Maker Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Big Maker to employ her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three 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 released 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 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it invested 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Machine Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she ought to provide him her very 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 tour. I regards value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unidentified market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift became 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 launched 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 thoroughly as the opening act for other country artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors 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 individual to be bestowed the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest 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 romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 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 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 second.
All five songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Courageous debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television 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.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of debate, extensive limelights, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won 5 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 Females.
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 tune with rap artist T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Song Best Female Nation Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that got unfavorable reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody 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 person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single 2 Is Much 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 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second 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 broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teen.
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 write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than 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 ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament 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 C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, composing: She might get used the nation station, but she is among the few genuine rock stars we've got nowadays, 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 launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 initial tunes to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth 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 Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble 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 Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-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 2 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 ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous honors, including four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received 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 an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out 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 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load 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 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 carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the 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.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 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 tour of the year with $250 million in total revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the free trial duration, and Swift accepted 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 brochure 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 got 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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 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 Video. Swift was the very first female and 5th 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor 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: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had actually informed Mueller's employers that he had 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 assault for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social networks accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Reputation The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Credibility was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop sound, 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 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 worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.