1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened several organizations 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 before moving to The Wyndcroft School The family transferred to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became interested in musical comedy and carried out in four 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 c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and fantasize about everything. She spent weekends carrying out at regional festivals and occasions.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession 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 turned down, however, because everyone because town wished 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 old, computer technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began dealing with New York-based talent manager Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial song included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement deal and began making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her dad moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching 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 fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd blog about what happened 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 incredible hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly felt that I was lacking 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 Maker Records. She had first satisfied Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Maker's very first signings, and her father acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Device 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 staying 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 small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and negative, 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 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.
Huge Maker Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother assisted stuff 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 choose dates throughout their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly told Swift she must provide him her 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 regards value it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unidentified market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Ought to've Said No reaching top. With Our Song, Swift became the youngest individual 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 launched 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 debut album extensively as the opening act for other nation artists' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of 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, ending up being the youngest person to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Finest Brand-new Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
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 2nd studio album, Courageous, 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 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 number two.
All five songs were Billboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Fearless debuted at primary on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Pictured at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the movie and taped 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disrupted Kanye West an event that became the subject of debate, prevalent media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the occurrence and subsequent media attention 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.
Signboard called her 2009's Artist of the Year The album ranked number 99 on NPR's 2017 list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Females.
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 tune with rap artist T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Courageous was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Song Best Female Nation Singing 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 evaluations and triggered media backlash.
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 Courageous 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 Girls' single 2 Is Much Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and tape-recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began 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 launching 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 very first host to compose their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during the Speak Now World Trip In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into 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 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, earning 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 songs. All except The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testament 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 Country Album.
Rolling Stone put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She may get played on the country station, however 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 Trip 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 initial tunes to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped 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 Original Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her fourth 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, 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 Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty reached the top five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
3 singles, 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 new producers besides long time partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes brand-new categories 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 female 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous honors, including four nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble won Best 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 successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not 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 during 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 movie adjustment The Provider In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different campaigns, consisting of welcoming 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 first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Trip, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 offered 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very 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 earned a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , 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 songs 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 revenue.
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, totally free service undermined the premium service, which provides 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 mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period 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 Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, ending up being the 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 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the first female 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 vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star 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: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Tour (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a previous morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers 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 work. Quickly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack 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 sixth 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 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 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 offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.