1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's childhood home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare 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 previous housewife who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
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 father's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and neighborhood leader who opened numerous organizations in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad 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 before moving to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a leased house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and carried out in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip routinely to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards c and w, inspired by Shania Twain's tunes, which made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at regional celebrations and occasions.
After enjoying 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 submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was turned down, nevertheless, due to the fact that everyone because 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 of ages, computer repairman and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based skill manager Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and participated in meetings with significant record labels.
After carrying out initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development offer and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift burglarize c and w, her daddy transferred to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the family moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession beginnings and debut 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 began meeting for two-hour composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were a few of the easiest I've ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd write about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd can be found 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 remembered: I really 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 an industry display 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 Device Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Maker's first finalizings, and her dad purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift encouraged Huge Maker to hire her demonstration producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the remaining eight 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 little work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it spent 157 weeks the longest stay 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.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she should offer him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I genuinely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest person to solitarily compose 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 artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of 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, becoming the youngest individual to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Best New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, 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 Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Brave debuted at top on the Billboard 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 Fearless, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an incident that became the topic of debate, prevalent limelights, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celebrity.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country 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 song with rap artist T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Efficiency. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Throughout the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got unfavorable evaluations and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' 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 Always Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy sweetheart of a high school jock, a function which got blended reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
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 compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Signboard 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 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, making Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Sparks Fly , and Ours were released as songs. All except The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she performed during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned as a testimony to her capabilities as a musician.
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 C And W Association in 2011.
American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of All Time, composing: She might get used the nation station, but she's one of the few genuine rock stars we've got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 original tunes to The Hunger 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 Tune Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Finest Initial Song Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. It became her very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble arrived 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 performing on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt 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 integrates 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 very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous distinctions, including 4 elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew 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 got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Song election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't 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 throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting function in the film adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New York 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 different projects, including 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 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. throughout the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the very 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 actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached number one 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 total earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which provides higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's totally free three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the free trial period, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks associated to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her whole brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was named Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award two times.
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 among 8 artists to receive 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Video. Swift was the very first lady and fifth act general 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 breakup, 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 outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Credibility Arena Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's managers that he had sexually attacked her by groping her at an occasion. 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 small damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined 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, Reputation The single was Swift's first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Reputation 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 four albums offer 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 sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.