1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital 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 formerly worked as a mutual fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named 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 dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened a number of companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from one of his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family transferred to a rented home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip frequently to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus toward c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, because everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to figure out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her 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 skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended conferences with major record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into c and w, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the family transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 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 worked with skilled 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 meeting 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 blog about what occurred 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 extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: 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 a market 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, Huge Machine Records. She had very first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Machine's first signings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Big Maker to employ her demo 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 8 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 cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it spent 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 launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Machine 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 out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated 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 trip. I all the best appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest individual to solitarily compose and sing a number-one song 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 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 country musicians' trips 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 honored with the title.
She also 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 Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and taped two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an event that became the subject of controversy, prevalent media attention, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of 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 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 Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Song Best Female Country Singing Performance. 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 got negative evaluations and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual 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 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her very first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording 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 received combined reviews.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
Later that year, Swift hosted and carried out 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 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching number one.
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 Performance for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testimony to her capabilities 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 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 Nation 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 nation station, but she is among the few authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two original tunes to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Song Swift featured 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 Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very 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 songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Problem arrived 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, 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 worked with new producers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at number one 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 recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's very 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 country trip when it completed.
Red had actually sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, consisting of 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 got American Music Awards for Finest Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received 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 honor 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 wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , featuring 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 stage during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting function in the film adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, consisting of inviting 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 very first recorded, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 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 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.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles 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 overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed 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 called Signboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, ending up being the 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to get 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first lady and 5th act overall to win Album of the Year two times 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 dated English star 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: Track record
Swift on her Credibility Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually attacked her by searching her at an occasion. 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 nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter 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.
Credibility was released on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates 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 became the first act to have 4 albums offer 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 amounted to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.