1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Healthcare Facility 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 previously worked as a shared fund Her younger bro, Austin, is a star.
She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor Scottish German heritage; a few of her antecedents worked in the music market.
Swift's great-great-grandfather on her dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened a number of companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father purchased from one of his customers.
Swift determines as a Christian She participated in preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family relocated to a leased house in the suburban 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 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 on shifted her focus towards c and w, influenced by Shania Twain's tunes, that made her wish to simply run around the block four times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends performing at regional celebrations and events.
After viewing a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she required to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mom at age eleven to check out Nashville record labels and sent demo tapes of Dolly Parton The Chicks She was rejected, nevertheless, since everyone in that town wished to do what I wished to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I require to find out a way to be different. When Swift was around 12 years of ages, computer system 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 moms and dads started dealing with New York-based skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift modeled for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Increasing Stars campaign, had an initial song consisted of on a Maybelline compilation CD, and participated in meetings with major record labels.
After carrying out original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was offered an artist advancement deal and started making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To assist Swift get into country music, her father moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville office when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in Hendersonville High School before transferring to the Aaron Academy after two years, which could much better accommodate her touring schedule through homeschooling. She finished a year early.
2004–-- 2008: Profession starts 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 an enduring working relationship with Liz Rose They began fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were a few of the easiest I have actually ever done. Basically, I was simply her editor. She 'd write about what took place in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to say. And she 'd be available in with the most amazing hooks. Swift ended up being the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house however left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She recalled: I really felt that I was lacking time. I wished to catch 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 Coffee shop 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 first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift turned into one of Huge Device's very first finalizings, and her dad bought a three-percent stake in the company for an approximated $120,000.
She started dealing with her eponymous launching album soon after. Swift convinced Huge Machine to hire her demonstration 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 8 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 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 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 songs into envelopes to send to radio. She invested much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on select dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allotted time. Church jokingly informed Swift she must offer 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 sincerely appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record industry peers initially his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift took advantage of a previously unknown market teenage girls who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, four more songs were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Must'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 became the youngest person to single-handedly compose and sing a number-one tune on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise released 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 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 distinctions for Taylor Swift. She was among 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 also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Best Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Singer, American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
She was also nominated for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summertime and fall trip.
In July of that year, Swift began a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Fearless and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Brave, was released on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Courageous . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Signboard 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 5 songs were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at primary.
Fearless debuted at top on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining concert tour, 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 likewise carried out as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Trip in 2009.
Imagined at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo appearance in the movie and tape-recorded 2 songs for its soundtrack In 2009, the video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards approval speech was disturbed Kanye West an incident that became the topic of debate, prevalent media attention, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights 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 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 Women.
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 rapper T-Pain called Punk Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was named Album of the Year Best Country Album, and White Horse was called Finest Country Song 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 reviews and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times discovered it revitalizing to see somebody so talented make the occasional flub.
2009 Country Music Association Awards, Swift won Album of the Year for Fearless and was called 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 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 tunes for the Hannah Montana: The Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Way Back Home and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, consisting of the single Today Was a Fairytale , which was her very first primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at second on the Signboard Hot 100.
While shooting her cinematic launching Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they broke up later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role which got blended evaluations.
Swift made her TELEVISION acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a defiant teenager.
Later 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. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 ended up being the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week, making Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records The songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as songs. All except The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Stimulates Fly and Ours reaching top.
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 Efficiency for Mean, which she carried out during the ceremony.
Media publications noted the performance as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy performance, which served 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), Lady 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 Country Album.
Wanderer put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Best Female Albums of Perpetuity, composing: She might get used the nation station, but she is among the few real rock stars we have actually got nowadays, with a flawless 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 original songs to The Cravings 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 Best Original Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of United States , released in May 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her 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 Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other singles launched from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Everything Has Actually Changed The Last Time , and Red . I Knew You Were Trouble 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 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 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 very first woman to have two 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 Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing nation tour when it finished.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous distinctions, including four elections at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Finest Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Nation Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got 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 2nd recipient of the honor after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English singer Harry Styles In 2013, Swift taped Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Chance movie soundtrack. The song received a Best Original Song election at the 71st Golden World Awards She offered guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Do not Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift carried out As Tears Go By the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on stage 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 role in the movie adjustment The Giver In March 2014, Swift lived in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, consisting of inviting 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 first recorded, main pop album.
The album was launched 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 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 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 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 revenue.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift stressed the value of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her whole brochure from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which offers greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift slammed Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial period and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the free trial duration, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
copyright rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks related 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 named Signboard's Lady of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award twice.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift got the inaugural Dick 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 among 8 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 Best Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Finest Music Video. Swift was the very first woman and fifth act general to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
Swift dated Scottish DJ and record manufacturer 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 initially credited under the pseudonym She consequently outdated English star 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 released in November.
2017–-- 2018: Reputation
Swift on her Reputation Stadium Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American trip of all time In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had actually notified Mueller's managers that he had sexually assaulted 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. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual attack for small damages of just a dollar.
The jury rejected 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 6th album, Credibility 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 incorporates a heavy electropop noise, 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 very 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 2 million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.