1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her younger sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents operated in the music industry.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant business owner and community leader who opened a number of businesses in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad bought from among his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a leased home in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift became thinking about musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She also traveled regularly to New York City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus towards country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, that made her wish to just run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends performing at local festivals and occasions.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.
She traveled with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, however, since everybody in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to find out a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system repairman and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her very first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Fortunate You.
In 2003, Swift and her parents started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his help, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial tune included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and went to meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out initial tunes at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist advancement offer and started making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift burglarize country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the family moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School prior to moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and debut album
In Nashville, Swift worked 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 satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Essentially, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what occurred 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 incredible hooks. Swift became 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 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 display at Nashville's Bluebird Coffee shop 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 fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device's first signings, and her father acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album quickly after. Swift persuaded Big Device to employ 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 staying eight with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released on October 24, 2006.
The New York Times
described it as a small masterpiece of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's company, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Billboard 200, where it invested 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 country 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 things the CD singles into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates throughout their 2006 trip after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she should provide him her 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 tour. I regards appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record market peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unknown market teenage women who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Photo to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Ought to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift also launched the vacation 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 country artists' tours throughout 2006 and 2007, including 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, ending up being the youngest individual to be bestowed the title.
She likewise won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen for Finest New Artist 50th Annual Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with vocalist Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Brave, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 songs were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Signboard Hot 100 and primary 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 Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Brave debuted at number one on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Trip, Swift's first headlining concert tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie, Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and tape-recorded 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was called Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disturbed Kanye West an event that became the subject of controversy, widespread 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 celebrity.
That year she won five 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 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 rapper T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Brave was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation 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 unfavorable reviews and triggered media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see someone so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was called Performer 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 taped Finest Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two songs 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 Signboard Hot 100.
While filming her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started 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 function which received combined reviews.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Offense Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later on 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 carrying out throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
Swift composed the album alone and co-produced every track.
Speak Now, released on October 25, 2010, debuted at atop the Signboard 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All except The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching primary.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she quickly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an improvement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy performance, which functioned as a testament to her abilities as a musician.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, consisting of Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Performer 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 Nation 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 country station, however she is among the few authentic rock stars we've got nowadays, with a perfect ear for what makes a tune click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and earned over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed two original tunes to The Hunger 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 nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Initial Tune Swift included on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never 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 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 consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Difficulty Everything Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble arrived five on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three singles, 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 dealt with brand-new manufacturers besides longtime collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates brand-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 very first woman to have 2 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, ending up being the highest-grossing nation trip when it finished.
Red had sold 8 million copies by 2014.
The album made a number of awards, including four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Difficulty won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got American Music Awards for Finest Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got 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 2nd recipient of the award after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift tape-recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's song Highway Do not Care , including 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 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 Woman and had a supporting role in the film adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New york city City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through numerous 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 very first documented, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing 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 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 made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its songs 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 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 Tour ran from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in overall profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 period memes.
She re-added her whole catalog plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was called Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got 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 Collaboration 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of eight artists to get 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 Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the first woman and fifth 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 song This Is What You Came For , which includes vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently dated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few 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 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 morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years previously, Swift had informed Mueller's bosses 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 employment. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal damages of just a dollar.
The jury turned down Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter 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.
Track record was launched on November 10, 2017.
The album integrates a heavy electropop sound, 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 very 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 2 million copies.
The album had sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.