1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house 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 previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy'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 daddy purchased from one of his clients.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location 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 also took a trip routinely to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and events.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, since everybody because town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to find out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer service technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in meetings with significant record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement deal and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize country music, her father 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 went to Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with knowledgeable 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 thought the sessions were a few of the simplest I've ever done. Generally, 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 trying to say. And she 'd be available in with the most incredible 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 genuinely felt that I was lacking time. I wanted to capture 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, Big Machine Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Machine's very first signings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Big Device to employ her demonstration 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 staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, 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 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 country acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv looks, 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 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 said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts trip. I all the best appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Should've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly 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 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 artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person 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 Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest 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 love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, 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 Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Courageous debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining show trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Pictured at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an event that became the topic of debate, prevalent media attention, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
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 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 rap artist T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Best Nation Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got unfavorable reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so talented 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 person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her very first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While filming 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 reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity 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 performing throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched 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 leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament 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), Woman of the Year by Billboard (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 Country Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She may get played on the nation station, but she's one of the couple of authentic rock stars we've got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Song Swift included 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 Returning Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top 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 consist of Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt 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 includes brand-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 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 Trip ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it completed.
Red had sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, including 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received 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 5th and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , featuring 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 during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting role in the movie adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various projects, consisting of welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the country sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her first documented, main pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out 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 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 sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs 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 income.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period 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 business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks associated 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 first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Penis 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 among 8 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 Best Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first woman and fifth act total to win Album of the Year two times as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their breakup, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English actor 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: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined 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, Track record 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 incorporates a heavy electropop noise, 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 ended up being the 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 amounted to two million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.