1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened a number of organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from among his clients.
Swift determines as a Christian She went to 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 home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip frequently to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward country music, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, nevertheless, since everybody in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to figure out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system repairman and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, 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 carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was provided an artist advancement deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed an enduring working relationship with Liz Rose They started satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually 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 can be found in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home but 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 caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's very first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift convinced Big Maker 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 staying 8 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 little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it spent 157 weeks the longest stay on the chart by any release in the U.S. in the 2000s years.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD singles 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 allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she must provide him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I truly appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially disapproved of 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 Song Image to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. 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 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, consisting of 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 C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also 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: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard Hot 100 and top 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 Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining concert tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined 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 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 topic of controversy, widespread limelights, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of 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 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received unfavorable evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city 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 Fearless and was called Entertainer 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 Two 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 Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received mixed reviews.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Examination, 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 first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard 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 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 Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which worked as a testimony to her capabilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady 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 Country Album.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get played on the country station, however she is among the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two original tunes to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Initial Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Everything Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty 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 brand-new producers besides long time partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes new genres 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 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 earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it finished.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of awards, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got 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 fifth and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Go By the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on phase throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, 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 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous projects, consisting of 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 first recorded, official pop album.
The album was released 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 Billboard 200. This made Swift the very 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 songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs 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 total income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which supplies greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and specified 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 accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
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 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act overall to win Album of the Year twice 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 tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started 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: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had actually 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 work. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social media 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.
Reputation 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 became 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 around the world sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.