1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a mutual fund Her younger sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened several organizations 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 went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring 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 nine, Swift became thinking about musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also took a trip routinely to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, due to the fact that everyone because town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to determine a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer service technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided 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 skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was provided an artist advancement deal and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize country music, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the family moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School before transferring 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 worked with knowledgeable Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges Brett Beavers Brett James Mac McAnally the Warren Brothers and formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the most convenient I've ever done. Essentially, 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 attempting to state. And she 'd be available in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift ended up being 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 wished to record these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market 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 Device Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's very first signings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Big Machine to hire her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 of the album's tunes 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
described it as a small work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Device Records was still in its infancy throughout 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 invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to offer him her very 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 tour. I all the best value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily 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 launching album extensively as the opening act for other country musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers 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 likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, 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 summertime and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four 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 five singles were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Fearless debuted at primary on the Billboard 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 television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was cut off Kanye West an event that ended up being the subject of controversy, prevalent media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the song with rap artist T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Country Song Best Female Nation Vocal 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 negative evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless 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 Girls' single 2 Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs 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 Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which got combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION 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 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 Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into 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 Signboard 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testament to her abilities as a musician.
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 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 Country Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She may get used the country station, but she is among the couple of authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, 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 2 initial tunes to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her first top 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 consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Everything Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble arrived 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 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 partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary on the Signboard 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 acknowledged 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 completed.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, including 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty 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 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 a special Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility film soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not 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 stage throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack 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 country noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, main 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. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have 3 albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design 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 Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in total profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary 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 whole 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 first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Dick 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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among eight 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 Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first female 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor 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: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's employers that he had sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Track record 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 released on November 10, 2017.
The album includes a heavy electropop noise, 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 totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.