1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare 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 former homemaker who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from one of his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward country music, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at regional celebrations and events.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, nevertheless, due to the fact that everybody because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system service technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started dealing with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and began making regular journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift break into country music, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career 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 a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the simplest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd come in with the most incredible hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home however 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 catch these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At an industry display 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, Huge Device Records. She had very first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Machine's first signings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Huge Device to hire her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 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 released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
described it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it invested 157 weeks the longest remain 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' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Device Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, 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 allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she need to give him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I best regards value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest individual to single-handedly write and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including 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, becoming 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 Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise 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 singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard 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 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 Trip, Swift's very first headlining concert 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 likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Pictured at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and taped two tunes 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 disrupted Kanye West an event that became the subject of controversy, prevalent limelights, and lots of Internet 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, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Signboard 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rapper T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Tune Best Female Country Singing 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 negative evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music 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 Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 songs 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 number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
Later that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third 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, released on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Signboard 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament to her abilities as an artist.
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 C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She might get played on the country station, however she's one of the few real rock stars we've got nowadays, 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 two initial tunes to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and recorded 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 Finest Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th 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 Understood You Were Problem Everything Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew 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, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new producers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates 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 very first female to have two 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 ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had actually offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned several honors, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew 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 fifth and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out 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 Nation Radio Workshop 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 film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, including inviting 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 recorded, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 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.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary 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 ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 era 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 Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Cock 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 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 very first lady and 5th act total 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 breakup, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had actually 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 work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault 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 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 Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift ended up being the very first act to have four 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 totaled up to two million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.