1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon 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 previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened a number of organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from among his customers.
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 household moved to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended 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 likewise traveled routinely to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local celebrations and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, since everybody because town wanted to do what I wished 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 technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the family moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career starts 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 thought the sessions were a few 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 trying to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I genuinely felt that I was lacking 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 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 very 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 dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift encouraged Big Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's tunes 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 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 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 throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv looks, 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 designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she must offer 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 tour. I sincerely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Need to've Said No reaching number one. 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 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, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Best New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and top in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five singles were Billboard 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 tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and tape-recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the topic of debate, prevalent limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights 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.
Signboard 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 Romance at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal Performance. 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 got unfavorable reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it refreshing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W 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 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 Always Find Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her very first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic launching 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 girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which got mixed reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor 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 went into 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 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All except The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Song and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her abilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, consisting of Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (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 placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the nation station, but she is among the couple of genuine rock stars we've got these days, 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped 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 Finest Initial Song 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 Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first top 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 include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Everything Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, 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 longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had actually offered eight 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 Difficulty won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the award after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out 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 Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman and had a supporting role in the movie adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, 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 very first recorded, main pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing 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 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 sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers 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 free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial duration, and Swift agreed to 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 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 called Signboard's Woman 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 Dick Clark Award for Excellence.
In 2015, Swift won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist The video for Bad Blood won Video of the Year Best Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among eight artists to receive 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the very first female and 5th act general 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 breakup, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually assaulted her by searching her at an occasion. 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 declined 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 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 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 ended up being the very first act to have 4 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 totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.