1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical 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 former housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is a star.
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 dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur 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 purchased from one of his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and performed in four 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 towards c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her want to just run around the block four times and fantasize about everything. She spent weekends performing at regional celebrations and events.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip 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 everyone because town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to find out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system repairman and regional musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents began dealing with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended conferences with significant record labels.
After performing initial songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist development offer and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift get into country music, her father transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with experienced 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 meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the most convenient I've ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I truly felt that I was lacking time. I wished to record these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At an industry display at Nashville's Bluebird Coffee shop in 2005, Swift captured the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Device Records. She had first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Machine's very first signings, and her father bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Huge Device to employ her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three 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 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 5 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 decade.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Machine Records was still in its infancy throughout 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, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly told Swift she should give him her 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 all the best appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially disapproved of 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, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Should've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being 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 released the holiday 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 nation 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 one of the recipients 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 Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country 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 tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . 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 Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining show trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and taped two songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was cut off Kanye West an incident that ended up being the subject of debate, prevalent limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
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 Romance at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, where she made a parody video of the tune with rap artist T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Tune 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 caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured 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 taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 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, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second 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 girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which received blended reviews.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out throughout the Speak Now World Trip 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 three.
Swift wrote the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, launched on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Signboard 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Triggers 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 primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her abilities 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 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 Nation Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She may get used the country station, however she's one of the few authentic rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran 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 2 original songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 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 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, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty arrived 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, 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 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 integrates new genres 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 first female to have 2 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 ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it completed.
Red had actually sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous distinctions, including 4 elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received 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 sixth successive 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 Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not 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 stage during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous campaigns, including welcoming 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 released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour 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 very 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 offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ran 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 stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers 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 free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 hallmarks 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 Signboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got 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 8 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 Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the first lady and fifth act overall 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 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 began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had 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. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Credibility The single was Swift's 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 achievement, Swift became the 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 2 million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.