1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility 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 previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few 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 community leader who opened several organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from among his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She went to 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 house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became interested in musical theater and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled routinely to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends performing at local festivals and events.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She traveled with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, since everybody because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer service technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very 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 supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out initial 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 get into country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially participated in Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could 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 long lasting working relationship with Liz Rose They started fulfilling for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the simplest 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 trying to say. And she 'd be available in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing 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 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 caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Machine Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device's very first signings, and her daddy purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Big Machine to employ her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 of the album's songs 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 small work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, 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.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, 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 designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to offer him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I truly appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly unknown market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Picture to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest individual 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 Holiday 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 artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won distinctions for Taylor Swift. She was one of the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be bestowed the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise 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 started a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave 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 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 Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All 5 singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Courageous debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining concert trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Pictured at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo look in the film and taped 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was interrupted Kanye West an incident that became the subject of controversy, widespread media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of 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 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
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 rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Finest Nation Song Best Female Nation Singing Efficiency. 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 evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it refreshing to see someone so talented make the periodic 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 included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Girls' single Two Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and taped Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including 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 Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which received mixed evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime 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 compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number three.
Swift composed 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, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All except The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind 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, consisting of 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 Country Music (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music 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 All Time, composing: She might get played on the nation station, but she's one of the couple of genuine rock stars we've got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original tunes 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 Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very 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 singles released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three singles, 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 worked with new manufacturers 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 Signboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This made Swift the very first woman to have two million-selling album openings, a record acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it finished.
Red had sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made several awards, consisting of four elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got 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 fifth and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the award 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 tune received a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Pass 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 Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Girl and had a supporting role in the film adjustment 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 Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, 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 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 trip of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during 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 earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three 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 singles Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ranged 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 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, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property 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 named Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award two times.
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 Country Music Awards.
58th Grammy Awards in 2016, 1989 won Album of the Year and Finest Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the very first female and fifth act general to win Album of the Year twice 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 star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's employers that he had actually 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. 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 afterwards cleared her social media accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Reputation The single was Swift's 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 integrates 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 achievement, Swift ended up being the very 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 two million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.