1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her younger bro, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened several companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from among his customers.
Swift recognizes 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 household moved to a rented home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became interested in musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about everything. She spent weekends carrying out at local festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, nevertheless, due to the fact that everybody in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to find out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system technician 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 started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in meetings with major record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development offer and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts 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 a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They began meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the easiest I've ever done. Essentially, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. 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 capture 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 Cafe in 2005, Swift caught 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 turned into one of Big Machine's first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift convinced Big Machine to employ her demo manufacturer 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 work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it spent 157 weeks the longest stay 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 nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, tv 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 should give him her very 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 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 tapped into a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching top. 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 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other nation musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of 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 individual to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and primary 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 Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining concert tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, 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.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and taped 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including 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 Greatest Albums Made By Women.
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 Thug Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Song Best Female Country 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 received negative evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method 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 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 began 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 blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a defiant teenager.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical visitor 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 third studio album, Speak Now. It got in 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 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All except 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 ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the efficiency as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which served as a testament to her capabilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer 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 Country Album.
Rolling Stone placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get used the country station, however she is among the couple of genuine 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 Trip: Live She contributed 2 initial songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped 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 Initial Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in Might 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 very first top 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 singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 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 long time partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-new categories for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Trip ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned several awards, including four 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 fifth and sixth successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the second 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 movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided visitor 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting function in the movie 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 manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous campaigns, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first documented, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the very first act to have 3 albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one 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 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 worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined 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 during the streaming service's free three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the complimentary trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period 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 Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very 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 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first female and 5th act overall 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 separation, 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 outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's managers that he had actually 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 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 thereafter cleared her social media accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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 launched on November 10, 2017.
The album includes 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 accomplishment, Swift became the very first act to have 4 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 offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.