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 dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who previously worked as a shared fund Her younger bro, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought from one of his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The household moved to a rented 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 took a trip routinely to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus towards c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends performing at regional festivals and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, due to the fact that everybody because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to find out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer repairman and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift get into c and w, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and launching 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 satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what took place 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 extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing home but 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 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 very first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's very first finalizings, and her daddy acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift encouraged Big Maker to employ her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 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
described it as a little masterpiece of pop-minded country, 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 invested 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.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, television looks, 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 allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she should offer 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 seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unidentified market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, 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 likewise 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 debut album thoroughly as the opening act for other nation musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Finest New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard 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 number two.
All five singles were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Fearless debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining performance tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched 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 best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and recorded two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an incident that became the subject of controversy, widespread limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
That year she won five 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 Love Story at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the song with rap artist T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was called Finest Nation Tune Best Female Nation Singing Efficiency. 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 evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W 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 included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' single Two Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Way 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 very first top 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which got combined evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor 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 Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed 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 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 United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out throughout the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which functioned 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), 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.
Rolling Stone 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 country station, but she is among the few genuine rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a song 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 initial tunes 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 Tune Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best 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 Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album include Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty arrived five 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 performing on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with brand-new producers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates 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 first woman to have 2 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 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 sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of accolades, including 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Trouble 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 5th and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune got a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not 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 Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, consisting of inviting 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 recorded, 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 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 first act to have 3 albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs 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 overall revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout 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 duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 trademarks related 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 called Billboard'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 Dick 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 Cooperation 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 Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first female and fifth act total to win Album of the Year two times 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 includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first 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 wrote the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's bosses that he had sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused 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 only a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social networks 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 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 achievement, Swift ended up being 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 amounted to two million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.