1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful 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 daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his clients.
Swift identifies as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being interested in musical theater and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip frequently to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus towards c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to simply run around the block four times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, because everyone in that town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to find out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer service technician and local 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 started dealing with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an initial song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in conferences with major record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift burglarize country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the family transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School before transferring 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 worked 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 satisfying for two-hour composing 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 occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd be available in with the most unbelievable hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly felt that I was running out of time. I wanted to record these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market display at Nashville's Bluebird Coffee shop in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Maker's first finalizings, and her daddy bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift persuaded Big Maker to employ her demo 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 staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
explained it as a small work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it spent 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 launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' tours 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 helped things the CD songs into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv 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 allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she must give him her 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 trip. I regards appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a formerly 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 Image to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily write and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also launched 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other country artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including 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, ending up being the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Best 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 love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Courageous debuted at top on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining concert tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed 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 movie and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of controversy, prevalent limelights, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won five American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
Billboard 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 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 song with rapper T-Pain called Goon Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Finest Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal 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, an efficiency that got unfavorable evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it rejuvenating to see someone so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was called Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included 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 recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which received combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Investigation, 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 very first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Billboard 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 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 Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament to her abilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, consisting of Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman of the Year by Signboard (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 Best Female Albums of All Time, writing: She might get played on the country station, but she is among the few real rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial songs 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 Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Finest Original Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Returning 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 Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt 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 top 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 acknowledged 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, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous honors, consisting of four nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Difficulty won Best 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 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the honor 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 tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , including 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 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 role in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, including 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 released on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the very 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 offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one 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 May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the significance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which offers higher 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 period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the free 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 age 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 Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award twice.
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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Milestone 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 Best Music Video. Swift was the first lady and fifth act total 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 includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She began dating English actor 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: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively sued David Mueller, a previous morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had 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 attack for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social networks accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her sixth album, Reputation 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 noise, 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 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 as of 2018.