1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Health Center 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 homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her younger bro, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened a number of companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from among his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to just run around the block four times and daydream about everything. She invested weekends carrying out at regional festivals and events.
After seeing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, however, due to the fact that everyone in that town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to determine a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system repairman and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to compose Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars project, had an original song consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended meetings with major record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and started making regular trips to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift break into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to 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 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 began satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the easiest I've ever done. Generally, I was just 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 unbelievable hooks. Swift became 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 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, Big Machine Records. She had very first met Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Device's first signings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift convinced Big Machine to employ her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed 3 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 City Times
explained it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, 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 years.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge 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 singles into envelopes to send to radio. She invested 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 designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she need to give 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 genuinely value 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 formerly unidentified market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Need to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift became 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 released the holiday album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday 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, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors 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 C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly 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 on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . 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 second.
All 5 singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Courageous debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining show trip, grossed 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 Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the 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 became the subject of debate, prevalent media attention, and many Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, including 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 Biggest Albums Made By Ladies.
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 rap artist T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Finest Country Tune Best Female Country Singing Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, a performance that got negative reviews and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was called Performer 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 tape-recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes 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 second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic launching 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 evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a defiant teenager.
Later 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 throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Signboard 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 Signboard 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, 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 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 leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications noted the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which functioned 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 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 Country Album.
Wanderer positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the nation station, but she is among the few real rock stars we have actually got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song 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 Trip: Live She contributed 2 original tunes to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , co-written and tape-recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released 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 Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Problem Everything Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Difficulty reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked 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 includes brand-new genres 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 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of awards, consisting of 4 nominations at the 56th Annual 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 Finest Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Peak Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune 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 Nation Radio Seminar 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 function in the film adaptation The Provider In March 2014, Swift resided in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her 5th studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous 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 very first recorded, main 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. during the very first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have three albums offer 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 songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rapper 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 songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip 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 worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service undermined the premium service, which supplies greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists during 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 duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 age 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 named Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Cock 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 one of eight artists to get 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 Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first female 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially 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 composed the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected 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 6th 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.
Credibility was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates 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 accomplishment, Swift became 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 offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.