1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her daddy, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former housewife who formerly worked as a shared fund Her younger brother, Austin, is an actor.
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 dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous businesses 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 identifies as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before moving to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became interested in musical theater and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip frequently to New York City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward country music, motivated by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and daydream about everything. She spent weekends performing at local celebrations and events.
After enjoying 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 visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, due to the fact that everybody because town wanted 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 of ages, computer repairman and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her 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 skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with significant record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift break into country music, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with skilled 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 fulfilling for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what happened 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 home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I truly 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 caught the attention of Scott Borchetta DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Huge Maker Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Maker's very first signings, and her dad bought a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift convinced Huge Maker to employ her demo manufacturer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
explained it as a little masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the U.S.
Billboard 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 nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Maker Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television appearances, 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 allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she must give him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts trip. I sincerely value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown 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 Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching primary. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily write and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also released the vacation 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 thoroughly as the opening act for other country musicians' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won honors for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, ending up being 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 C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released 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 Signboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Fearless debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining concert tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Envisioned at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the film and tape-recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an occurrence that ended up being the subject of controversy, extensive media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the event and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
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 Biggest Albums Made By Women.
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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Nation Song Best Female Country Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got negative reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times discovered it refreshing to see someone so gifted make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W 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 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two 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 broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which got mixed reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teen.
Later that year, Swift hosted and performed 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 during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her 3rd 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, released 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All except The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which acted as a testament to her capabilities 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), Female of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of C And W (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 placed 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 nation station, but she's one of the couple of genuine rock stars we have actually got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ranged 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 2 original songs to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Noise , 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 Globe Award for Best Initial Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , launched in Might 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 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 songs launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood 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, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-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 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 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 ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it completed.
Red had offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of honors, including 4 nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Trouble won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Country 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 Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune 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 phase during their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated film The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting role in the film adaptation The Provider 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 Heap 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 nation noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her first documented, main pop album.
The album was released on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the 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 sold 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 singles Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ranged from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the 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 associated to Swift and the 1989 era memes.
She re-added her entire catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Signboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Penis 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 Turning Point 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 Finest Music Video. Swift was the first woman and 5th act overall to win Album of the Year two times as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer Calvin Harris from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to their separation, they co-wrote the tune This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the song Better Male Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had informed Mueller's managers that he had actually sexually assaulted her by groping her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury declined 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, Track record 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 Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this accomplishment, Swift became the 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 worldwide sales amounted to two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.