1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth house in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her dad, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who formerly worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful brother, Austin, is an actor.
She was called after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; some 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 a number of services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his clients.
Swift identifies 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 household moved to a leased house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she participated in Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age 9, Swift became interested in musical theater and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards country music, inspired by Shania Twain's songs, that made her want to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at local celebrations and events.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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 declined, nevertheless, because everybody because town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to find out a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer repairman and regional musician 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 began working with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his aid, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an initial tune consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out original songs at an RCA Records display, Swift was offered an artist advancement offer and began making regular trips to Nashville with her mom.
To assist Swift break into country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the household moved to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift initially attended Hendersonville High School before moving to the Aaron Academy after 2 years, which might much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts and debut 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 began satisfying for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the easiest I've ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd discuss what occurred in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she 'd can be found in with the most amazing 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 recalled: I genuinely felt that I was running out of time. I wished to record 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, Huge Maker Records. She had very first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Big Device's first finalizings, and her father purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an approximated $120,000.
She began dealing with her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift encouraged Big Device to hire her demonstration 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 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 masterpiece of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, 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 years.
Swift opening for Brad Paisley in 2007. To promote her debut album, Swift opened for other nation acts' trips in 2006–-- 2007.
Huge Machine Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mother helped things the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television 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 designated time. Church jokingly informed Swift she ought to give 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 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 country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Tune Photo to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Signboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Must've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest person 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 launched 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 launching 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 awards for Taylor Swift. She was one of the recipients 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 Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards' Leading New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was also chosen for Best New Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer season and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's second studio album, Courageous, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Romance 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 Signboard Hot 100, peaking at second.
All 5 songs were Signboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Romance 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 first headlining performance trip, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on tv and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the best of Hannah Montana: The Motion Picture, Swift had a cameo look in the film and taped two 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 cut off Kanye West an event that ended up being the subject of debate, widespread limelights, and many Internet memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream celeb.
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 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 song with rapper T-Pain called Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Tune Best Female Nation Vocal Performance. Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
During the event, Swift sang You Belong with Me and Rhiannon Stevie Nicks, an efficiency that got unfavorable evaluations and caused media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see somebody so gifted make the periodic flub.
2009 C And W Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Performer of the Year, the youngest individual to win the honor.
Swift featured 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 two tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack You'll Always Find Your Way Back House and Crazier She contributed 2 tunes to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairy tale , which was her very first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Billboard Hot 100.
While recording her cinematic debut 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 role which got combined reviews.
Swift made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Examination, playing a rebellious teen.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out 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 performing throughout the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift launched Mine , the lead single from her 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It went into the U.S. Signboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 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 singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Country Songs top-three entries, with Triggers Fly and Ours reaching top.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Finest Nation Tune and Best Country Solo Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the event.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which worked as a testimony to her abilities 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 Billboard (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 Nation Album.
Rolling Stone positioned Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get used the country station, but she's one of the few genuine rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless 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 released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial tunes to The Cravings Games soundtrack album Safe & & Sound , co-written and recorded with the Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett Eyes Open. Safe & & Noise won the Grammy Award for Best Song Composed for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden World Award for Best Original Tune Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , released in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift released We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her very first primary in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Problem Whatever Has Actually Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble reached the top 5 on charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Three songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, reached the top 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Tour Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift dealt 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 incorporates brand-new genres 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 two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
It was Swift's first number-one album in the U.K.
. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had actually offered eight million copies by 2014.
The album earned several accolades, including 4 nominations at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Understood You Were Trouble won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift got American Music Awards for Best Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and 6th successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The tune got a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , including guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out 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 Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Lady and had a supporting role in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various projects, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the nation noise 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 trip of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 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 actually offered over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Area , and Bad Blood including rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached top in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs 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 Trip ranged from Might to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in total profits.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she removed her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming business's ad-supported, complimentary service undermined the premium service, which supplies greater 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 specified that she would pull 1989 from the brochure.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial duration, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks associated to Swift and the 1989 era 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 Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the first artist to win the award twice.
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 Partnership 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Swift was among 8 artists to receive 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 Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Music Video. Swift was the very first woman and 5th act total to win Album of the Year two times 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 singer Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English actor Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift composed the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Credibility
Swift on her Track Record Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a previous morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years previously, Swift had actually informed Mueller's bosses 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 employment. 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 launched Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Track record The single was Swift's very first number-one U.K. single.
It topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.
Credibility 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 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 offered over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.