1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former 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 operated in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and community leader who opened a number of companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her daddy purchased from one of his clients.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to moving to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a rented 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 four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled frequently to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards c and w, motivated by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her want to simply run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local celebrations and events.
After viewing 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 mom at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was declined, however, since everyone in that town wanted to do what I wished to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I need to find out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system repairman and local artist 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 moms and dads started dealing with New York-based talent supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars campaign, had an initial tune consisted of on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to meetings with major record labels.
After performing original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was given an artist development offer and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift burglarize c and w, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first attended Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Career beginnings and launching album
In Nashville, Swift worked with knowledgeable 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 writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest I've ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to state. And she 'd can be found in with the most amazing hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing home but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly felt that I was lacking time. I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through. At a market display 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 very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Maker's very first finalizings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She began working on her eponymous debut album shortly after. Swift persuaded Huge Machine to hire her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She composed three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the staying 8 with Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia Taylor Swift was released on October 24, 2006.
The New York City Times
described it as a small 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 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 country acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Big Device Records was still in its infancy throughout the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send out 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 allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she should give him her very first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that stated, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I all the best value it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift tapped into a previously unknown market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Image to Burn and Must've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching number one. With Our Tune, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of 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 individual to be honored with the title.
She likewise won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest New Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was likewise chosen 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.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched 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 top in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
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 tour, grossed over $63 million.
Journey to Brave, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Envisioned at the best 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 named Finest Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was interrupted Kanye West an occurrence that became the subject of debate, widespread media attention, and numerous Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation Album.
Billboard 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 Ladies.
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 Hooligan Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Song Best Female Country Singing Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the ceremony, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that received unfavorable evaluations and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it revitalizing to see somebody so talented make the periodic flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Brave and was named Performer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor.
Swift featured 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 recorded Best Days of Your Life Kellie Pickler and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Constantly Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first top on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard 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 that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got combined evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Criminal Activity Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and performed as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered the U.S. Signboard 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 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 tunes Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Stimulates Fly , and Ours were released as singles. All except The Story of United States were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Tune and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an improvement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which acted as a testament to her capabilities as an artist.
Swift won other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Lady 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.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, composing: She might get played on the country station, but she's one of the couple of real 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Trip: Live She contributed 2 initial tunes to The Hunger Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Sound won the Grammy Award for Best Tune Written for Visual Media and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Finest Original Song Swift included 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 Returning 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 tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Trouble Whatever Has Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Difficulty arrived five 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 carrying out on the Red Trip Red was released on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with new producers besides longtime partners Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album includes new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock dubstep dance-pop The album debuted at top on the Signboard 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 very first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing nation trip when it finished.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous accolades, including four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Trouble 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 5th and sixth successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Peak Award, making her the 2nd recipient of the accolade 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 composed and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Initial Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She provided guest 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 phase throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Workshop 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 function in the movie adaptation The Giver 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 various projects, consisting of welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation sound of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first recorded, official pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift performing at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Signboard 200. This made Swift the very 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 actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The singles Style 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 worried the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not providing royalties to artists during the streaming service's free three-month trial period and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple revealed that it would pay artists during the totally free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 era 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 called Billboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Cock 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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was one of 8 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 Best Pop Singing Album, and Bad Blood won Finest 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 singer Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English actor Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Man Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully took legal action against David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had actually notified Mueller's employers that he had actually sexually attacked her by groping her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated 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 just 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 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.
Credibility was released 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 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 totaled up to two million copies.
The album had actually offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.