1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, 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 bro, Austin, is a star.
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 dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened a number of companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy bought from among his clients.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became thinking about musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled routinely to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She invested 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 took a trip with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, because everybody because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to find out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer technician and local 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 working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and began making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into c and w, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked 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 started meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest I've ever done. Generally, I was just 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 come in with the most incredible hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Machine Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Machine's first finalizings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Huge Machine to hire her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a small work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, 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 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 out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she need to give him her very 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 truly value 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 ladies who listen to c and w.
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 Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest individual to single-handedly write and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other nation musicians' tours 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 recipients 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 Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining concert trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that became the subject of controversy, widespread media attention, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Billboard named 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 rapper T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Country 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, a performance that received negative evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it rejuvenating to see someone so gifted make the occasional 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 featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' single Two 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 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received mixed evaluations.
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 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 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 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 Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testament to her capabilities 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 Country Music 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 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get played on the nation station, but she is among the couple of real rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless 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 songs to The Cravings 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 Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Best 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 Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top 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 launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three 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 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 top on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the first woman to have 2 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 earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous accolades, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Trouble won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Finest Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered guest 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 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 Lady and had a supporting role in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, consisting of welcoming 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 first documented, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, 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 Signboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have 3 albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ranged from May 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 removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which provides higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout 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 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 Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Cock 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 Milestone 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 Video. Swift was the very first lady 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 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 subsequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's managers that he had actually 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. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Credibility The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Track record was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates 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 accomplishment, Swift ended up being the 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 worldwide sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.