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 dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some of her antecedents worked in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her daddy's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies 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 participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan before transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family moved to a rented house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift ended up being interested in musical comedy and carried out in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip routinely to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later on moved her focus towards 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 performing at regional celebrations and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to transfer to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to go to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, due to the fact that everyone in that town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to find out a method to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer technician and regional artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He assisted with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially went to Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She graduated a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching 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 an enduring 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 easiest I have actually ever done. Generally, I was simply her editor. She 'd write 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 amazing hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: 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 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 Machine Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Huge Device's first signings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the company for an estimated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous debut album quickly after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire 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 eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was launched on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a little work of art of pop-minded country, 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 launching album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Device 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 invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv appearances, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly informed 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 truly appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a previously unknown market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching top. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest individual 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 Vacation 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, including George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won accolades 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 Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift began a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended three months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . 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 Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All five singles were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at top.
Fearless debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's very first headlining show trip, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film 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 interrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the topic of debate, extensive media attention, and numerous Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
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 Biggest Albums Made By Females.
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 rap artist T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Nation Song Best Female Country 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, a performance that got negative evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it rejuvenating to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Courageous and was called Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Ladies' single 2 Is Better Than One , both of which she co-wrote.
She co-wrote and recorded Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Method Back Home and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While recording 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 role which got combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on 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 during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered 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 ended up being 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 United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched 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 on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed during the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testimony to her abilities 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), Woman of the Year by Billboard (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 placed Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of Perpetuity, writing: She may get used the nation station, however she is among the few real rock stars we have actually got these days, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original tunes to The Appetite Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and taped with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden World Award for Best Original Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched 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, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Everything Has Changed 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.
3 singles, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift performing on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt with new manufacturers besides long time collaborators 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 primary 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 Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had actually sold eight million copies by 2014.
The album made numerous distinctions, consisting of 4 elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got American Music Awards for Best Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received 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 an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the award after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a song she composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Initial Tune nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Pass the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on phase throughout their set at the 2013 Nation Radio Workshop to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated film 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 working on her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers 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 performing at the 1989 World Tour, 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 Signboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have three albums sell 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 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 singles Style and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other songs were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Trip ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, complimentary service weakened the premium service, which supplies higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's totally free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks 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 named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award twice.
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 Cooperation 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first woman and fifth act overall 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She consequently dated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a former early morning show character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an event. 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 turned down 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 sixth album, Credibility 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 released on November 10, 2017.
The album incorporates a heavy electropop sound, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this achievement, Swift ended up being 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 totaled up to two million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.