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 daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked 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 companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from one of his clients.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a rented house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, due to the fact that everybody in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer technician 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 working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked with knowledgeable 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 writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the easiest I've ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss 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 incredible 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 genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wished to catch 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, Big Maker Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device'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 debut album quickly after. Swift encouraged Huge Device to employ her demonstration producer 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
described it as a little 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 five on the U.S.
Signboard 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 launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours 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 mother helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, 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 allotted time. Church jokingly told Swift she must give him her very 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 seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously 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 Image to Burn and Need to'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 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 also released 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 launching album thoroughly as the opening act for other country 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 recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, 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 number two.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Fearless debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining show trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an event that ended up being the subject of debate, extensive limelights, and lots of Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event 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.
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 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 Criminal Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Tune Best Female Country 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 got unfavorable evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it revitalizing to see someone so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film 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 very first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While filming 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 role which got blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut 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 Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard 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 United States Stimulates 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 primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 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), Lady of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer 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.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get used the country station, however she is among the couple of genuine rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ran 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 two original tunes to The Appetite 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 Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Initial Tune Swift included 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, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Everything Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three singles, 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 dealt 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 includes new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the first female to have two 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 grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it finished.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned several distinctions, including 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 received American Music Awards for Best Female Country 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 Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Giver 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 Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous 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 first documented, official pop album.
The album was launched 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. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have 3 albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring 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 songs 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 revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined 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 during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to get 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the first lady and fifth 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Guy 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 trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had actually informed Mueller's bosses 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. Shortly 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 afterwards cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Reputation The single was Swift's first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Track record was released on November 10, 2017.
The album includes 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 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 around the world sales amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.