1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home 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 previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from among his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended 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 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 songs, that made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at regional celebrations and occasions.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, due to the fact that everyone in that town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to figure out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist advancement deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift get into country music, her dad transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could 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 started fulfilling 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 write about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most amazing hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly felt that I was running out of 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 showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Machine Records. She had very first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's first finalizings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album quickly after. Swift convinced Big Machine to employ her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's tunes alone, and co-wrote the remaining eight 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 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 invested 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 country acts' tours 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 singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv looks, 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 told Swift she ought to give 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 sincerely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest individual to solitarily compose 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 debut 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 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 bestowed the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . 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 five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining performance trip, grossed 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.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look 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 cut off Kanye West an event that became the topic of controversy, prevalent limelights, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of 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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named 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 received negative reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it revitalizing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' 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 two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method 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 top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second 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 that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a defiant teenager.
Later on 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 carrying out during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd 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 ended up being the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament to her abilities 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 Performer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (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.
Rolling Stone placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, writing: She may get used the country station, but she is among the few genuine rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 initial songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Initial Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her first number one 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 launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem reached the top 5 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 carrying out on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt 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 incorporates brand-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 female 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing country tour when it finished.
Red had actually offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous awards, including 4 elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem 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 5th and 6th successive 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 During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility film soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 stage 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 movie adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New York 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 various projects, including welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation noise 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 tour of 2015 1989 offered 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 offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , 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 ran 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 removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the totally free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 period memes.
She re-added her whole brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of eight 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first woman and fifth act general 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 tune This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English actor 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: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's bosses that he had sexually assaulted 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. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury turned down Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social networks 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.
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 accomplishment, Swift became the 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 around the world sales amounted to two million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.