1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood 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 former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful sibling, 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 father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from one of his clients.
Swift determines 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 went to Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and events.
After viewing 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 go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, nevertheless, because everyone because town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to determine a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer repairman and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in conferences with major record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced 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 began meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the simplest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She 'd blog about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift ended up being 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 truly 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 an industry showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Coffee shop in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Device Records. She had very first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Device's very first signings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Big Maker to employ her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's tunes alone, and co-wrote the staying eight 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 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 five on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it spent 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 debut album, Swift opened for other country 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 mother helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed 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 said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I regards appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unidentified market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must'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 released the holiday 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 nation musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards for Taylor Swift. She was one of 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 likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, 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 and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Courageous debuted at top on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining concert trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, 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 Tour in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and 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 disturbed Kanye West an event that ended up being the subject of debate, widespread media attention, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
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 Females.
She won Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for Romance at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rapper T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Song Best Female Nation Singing Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that got negative reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see someone so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift featured 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 tape-recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first primary 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 started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It entered 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 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 Us Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers 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 Best Country Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which served 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), Woman of the Year by Billboard (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 placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get used the country station, however she is among the couple of authentic rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour ranged 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 & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe 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 Getting Back 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 Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Altered 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 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new manufacturers besides longtime 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 top 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 ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it completed.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned several awards, including 4 nominations 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 Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received 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 a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award 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 Possibility film soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring 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 phase during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting role in the movie adaptation The Provider 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 numerous projects, 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 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 very first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top 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 tour of the year with $250 million in total revenue.
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, totally free service undermined the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related 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 called Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received 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 one of eight artists to get a 50th Anniversary Turning Point Award at the 2015 Academy of C And W Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first lady 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 song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had actually 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 employment. Quickly 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 afterwards cleared her social media accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth 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 released on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop sound, 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 ended up being the very 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 sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.