1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is a star.
She was called 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 daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened numerous organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from among his clients.
Swift recognizes 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 family moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical theater and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to simply run around the block four times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends performing at regional festivals and events.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to visit 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 wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to figure out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began dealing with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist development deal and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift burglarize country music, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first went to Hendersonville High School prior to 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: Profession beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked with skilled 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 started satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the easiest I have actually ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd write about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I really felt that I was running out of time. I wanted to catch 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 captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Device Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's first signings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift persuaded Big Device to employ her demonstration manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 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 launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a little work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, 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 decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Machine 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 songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she need to give him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts trip. I genuinely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a formerly unknown market teenage women 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 Need to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also released the vacation album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Vacation 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' trips 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 receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being 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 Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 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 5 songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Brave debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining concert trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later launched 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 Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disrupted Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive media attention, and many 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 Country Album.
Signboard 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 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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Tune Best Female Country Singing Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that received unfavorable reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless 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 2 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 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic launching 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 got blended reviews.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift wrote 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 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 Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All except The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testimony 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), Female of the Year by Billboard (2011 ), and Performer 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 positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get played on the country station, but she is among the couple of real rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and 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 nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning 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 Whatever Has Actually 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.
Three songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new manufacturers besides long time collaborators 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 top 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 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 grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of accolades, including four elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Finest 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 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 an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility film soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed 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 fan, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various projects, consisting of 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 first recorded, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing 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 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.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary 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 ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing trip of the year with $250 million in overall revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized 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 brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists throughout the free trial duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 era memes.
She re-added her entire brochure 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, ending up being the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Dick 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among eight 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 woman and fifth 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 break up, they co-wrote the tune 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 began 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: Reputation
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a previous early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually assaulted her by groping her at an occasion. 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 small damages of only a dollar.
The jury turned down Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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.
Credibility 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 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 totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.