1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is a star.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened several services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from among his customers.
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 relocated to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to simply run around the block four times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, since everybody in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to determine a method to be different. 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 began working with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist development deal and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift break into country music, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family relocated to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings 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 believed the sessions were some of the simplest I've ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd be available 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 recalled: 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 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 Device Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker's first finalizings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift persuaded Big Maker to hire her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 of the album's songs 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
explained it as a little masterpiece of pop-minded nation, 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 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 debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she need to offer him her 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 his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, 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 launched the holiday album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Vacation Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
She promoted her debut album thoroughly as the opening act for other nation musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades 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 also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second 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 . Love Story, 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 Signboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, 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.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and tape-recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music 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 topic of controversy, widespread media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation 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 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 rapper T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Tune Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received unfavorable evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Entertainer 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 Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started 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 rebellious teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical guest 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 entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift wrote the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, released 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 singles. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, 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 Billboard (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.
Wanderer placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She may get used the country station, however she is among the few genuine rock stars we've got these days, 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed 2 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 Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Returning 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, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble arrived 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 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 integrates new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very 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 ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of 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 got 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 sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't 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 during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Lady and had a supporting function in the movie adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city 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 numerous campaigns, including 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 very first documented, main 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. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 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 actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs 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 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 worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 era 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 called Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award twice.
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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of eight artists to receive 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first female and 5th 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 separation, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's employers 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 employment. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault 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 launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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 includes a heavy electropop sound, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift ended up being 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 worldwide sales totaled up to two million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.