1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house 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 previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad'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 father purchased from one of his customers.
Swift identifies as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a rented house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled routinely to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to simply run around the block four times and fantasize about everything. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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, nevertheless, due to the fact that everybody because town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to find out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into country music, her dad transferred 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 prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed a long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the easiest I've ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what took place 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 unbelievable hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I genuinely felt that I was running out of time. I wanted to catch 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 Device Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Maker's very first finalizings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Huge Machine to employ her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the remaining eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a small masterpiece 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 launching album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send out 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 informed Swift she need to 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 value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily 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 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 launching album extensively 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 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 individual to be honored with the title.
She also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard 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 5 singles were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining show trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, 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 premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and recorded two 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 occurrence that ended up being the subject of controversy, widespread limelights, 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 5 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation 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 Women.
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 Criminal Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Song Best Female Nation Singing Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received negative evaluations and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it rejuvenating to see someone so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was named Performer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included 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 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , 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 on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which received blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teen.
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 compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift composed 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 ended up being 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 Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned as a testimony to her capabilities as an artist.
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 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She might get played on the nation station, however she's one of the few authentic rock stars we've got nowadays, with a perfect 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 initial tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded 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 Globe Award for Finest Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 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 very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem 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, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with new producers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes 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 first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing country tour when it finished.
Red had sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made several accolades, consisting of four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Trouble 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 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 vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , including 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 comedy New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, 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, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour 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 earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper 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 ranged from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined 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 during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
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.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks 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 Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Penis 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 Milestone 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 Finest Video. Swift was the first woman 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 song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had 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 employment. Soon 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 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 incorporates 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 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 actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.