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 previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened numerous services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from one of his clients.
Swift determines 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 household transferred to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location 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 regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later on shifted her focus towards country music, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends performing at local festivals and occasions.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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, 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 figure out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer service technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began working with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in conferences with major record labels.
After performing original tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
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 family transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first 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 beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked 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 began satisfying for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the most convenient I've ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd be available in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift ended up being 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 truly felt that I was running out of time. I wished to capture 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 Coffee shop in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Device Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's very first signings, and her father bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift encouraged Huge Maker 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 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 negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, 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 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 throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted things the CD singles 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 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 offer 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 tour. I sincerely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unidentified market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching number one. 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 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 launching album extensively 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 awards 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 honored with the title.
She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, 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 started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five 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 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 second.
All 5 singles were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Brave debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining show tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Imagined at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and tape-recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disturbed Kanye West an event that became the topic of debate, prevalent media attention, 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, including 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 Ladies.
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 tune with rapper T-Pain called Hooligan Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Courageous was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country 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 negative reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Performer of the Year, the youngest individual 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 recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Discover Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two 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 Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later 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 TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Examination, playing a defiant teen.
Later that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical guest 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 Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd 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 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 Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testimony to her abilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including 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 Nation Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get played on the country station, but she is among the few real rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 original songs to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and tape-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 Globe Award for Finest Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released 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 arrived slot on iTunes' digital song 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 Understood You Were Problem Everything Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Problem reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new producers besides long time partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album integrates brand-new genres 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 very first female to have two 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 Tour 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 actually offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of accolades, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Problem won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Finest Female Nation 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 a special Pinnacle Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks During 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 Chance film soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Go By the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on phase during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree lover, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Woman and had a supporting function in the movie adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her 5th studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, 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 very first documented, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, 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 very first act to have 3 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.
Three 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 arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ranged from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in total profits.
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 company's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering 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 announced that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks associated 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 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 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the first female and 5th act total 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 separation, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the song Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (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. 4 years previously, Swift had notified Mueller's bosses that he had sexually attacked her by searching her at an occasion. 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 assault for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter cleared her social media accounts and launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th 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 launched 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 accomplishment, 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 worldwide sales totaled up to 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.