1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility 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 housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was named 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 business owner and neighborhood leader who opened numerous businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased 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 prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became thinking about musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled frequently to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to just run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at local festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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 turned down, however, since everyone because town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began working with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household 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 might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career starts and launching 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 meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the simplest I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd write about what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd come in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became 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 really 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's first signings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to employ her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a small work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five 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 debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big 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 out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select 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 provide 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 trip. I truly appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Need to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one tune 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, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 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 five songs were Signboard Hot Nation 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 Trip, Swift's very first headlining show tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined at the best of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and taped two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disturbed Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of debate, widespread limelights, and many 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 Country 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 Ladies.
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 rap artist T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest 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, a performance that received unfavorable reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was named Performer 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 Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 songs 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 number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got mixed reviews.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical guest 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 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift wrote 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 became 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which worked as a testimony to her abilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (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 put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the country station, however she is among the few real rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip 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 two initial songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Original Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in May 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 very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new manufacturers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-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 first woman 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 nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of honors, including 4 elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Nation 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 a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city 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 different campaigns, consisting of 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 very first recorded, official pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 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 made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including 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 Trip ranged from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in total earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 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 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 Quality.
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 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act overall to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their separation, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous early morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had actually sexually assaulted 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. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Track record The single was Swift's first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Reputation was released on November 10, 2017.
The album includes 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 accomplishment, 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 totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.