1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened several organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought 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 transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household relocated to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became thinking about musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her want to just run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends performing at local festivals and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate 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 turned down, nevertheless, since everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to find out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer repairman and regional musician 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 started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing original tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement deal and began making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift break into country music, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the family moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and debut 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 long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the simplest I've 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 trying to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most amazing hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly felt that I was lacking time. I wished to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At an industry display at Nashville's Bluebird Coffee shop in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Device Records. She had very first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Machine's very first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album quickly after. Swift encouraged Huge Machine to hire her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 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 released on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 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 throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to 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 all the best appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unknown market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one song 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 launching 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 accolades 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 honored with the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, 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 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 number two.
All five singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining show trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on released 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 Movie, 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 called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an event that became the subject of debate, widespread limelights, and numerous Web 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 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rap artist T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Tune Best Female Nation Singing Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received negative evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York 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 Courageous and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included 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 taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first number one 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 broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teen.
Later on 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 performing throughout 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 composed 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, making 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 released as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament 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), Female of the Year by Billboard (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 Country Album.
Wanderer placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get used the country station, however she's one of the few real rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran 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 Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Returning 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 tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem 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, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides long time 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 number one on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the first woman 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 Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it completed.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of accolades, consisting of 4 elections 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 got American Music Awards for Best Female Nation 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 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 taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting function in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, consisting of inviting 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 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 Signboard 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 offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles 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 Tour ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the totally 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 hallmarks related 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 Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very 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 one of 8 artists to receive 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first female and 5th act total 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 includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's bosses that he had actually sexually assaulted her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Credibility 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 includes a heavy electropop sound, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this accomplishment, 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 worldwide sales amounted to two million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.