1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home 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 mom, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a former homemaker who previously worked as a shared fund Her more youthful bro, Austin, is a star.
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 dad's side was an Italian immigrant entrepreneur and neighborhood leader who opened numerous companies in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She spent her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her father bought 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 transferring to The Wyndcroft School The household transferred to a rented house in the rural town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she went to Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical comedy and performed in 4 Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise traveled routinely to New york city City for singing and acting lessons.
Swift later moved her focus towards country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, which made her wish to just run around the block 4 times and daydream about whatever. She spent weekends carrying out at local celebrations and occasions.
After enjoying a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career 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 declined, however, because everyone because town wished to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept believing to myself, I require to determine a method to be different. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer technician and local artist Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided 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 skill supervisor Dan Dymtrow. With his assistance, Swift designed for Abercrombie & & Fitch as part of their Rising Stars project, had an original tune included on a Maybelline collection CD, and went to conferences with major record labels.
After performing original tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement deal and began making regular journeys to Nashville with her mother.
To help Swift get into c and w, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years of ages, and the family transferred to a lakefront home in Hendersonville, Tennessee Swift at first participated in 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 started fulfilling for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose believed the sessions were some of the easiest I have actually ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd discuss what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was attempting to state. And she 'd come in with the most extraordinary hooks. Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Tree releasing house but left the Sony-owned RCA Records at the age of 14.
She remembered: I truly felt that I was lacking 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 Device Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Maker's very first finalizings, and her dad acquired a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous launching album shortly after. Swift encouraged Big Maker to employ her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right chemistry.
She wrote 3 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 City Times
described it as a little masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice. Taylor Swift peaked at number five on the U.S.
Signboard 200, where it spent 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.
Big Machine Records was still in its infancy during the June 2006 release of the lead single Tim McGraw . Swift and her mom assisted things the CD songs into envelopes to send to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio trip, tv looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose dates during their 2006 tour after they fired their previous opening act, Eric Church, for playing longer than his allocated time. Church jokingly told Swift she ought to give him her first gold record as thanks for getting fired. She sent him her very first gold record with a note that said, Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I seriously appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta said that although record market peers at first his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown market teenage women who listen to c and w.
Following Tim McGraw, four more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Image to Burn and Should've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Country Songs, with Our Tune, and Need to've Said No reaching number one. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily write and sing a number-one song 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 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 country musicians' trips throughout 2006 and 2007, consisting of George Strait Brad Paisley Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Swift won awards for Taylor Swift. She was among the receivers of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest individual to be bestowed the title.
She also won the C and w Association's Horizon Award for Finest Brand-new Artist, Academy of C And W Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, American Music Awards' Favorite Nation Female Artist honor.
She was likewise nominated for Best Brand-new Artist 50th Yearly Grammy Awards She opened for the Rascal Flatts on their 2008 summer and fall tour.
In July of that year, Swift started a love with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Courageous and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was launched on November 11, 2008.
5 singles were released in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Brave . Romance, the lead single, peaked at number four on the Billboard 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 singles were Signboard Hot Nation Songs top-10 entries, with Romance and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Fearless debuted at top on the Signboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's very first headlining performance tour, earned over $63 million.
Journey to Courageous, a three-part documentary miniseries, was aired on television and later on launched on DVD and Blu-ray.
Swift also 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 film and taped 2 tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was named Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was disturbed Kanye West an incident that became the topic of controversy, extensive media attention, and many Web 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.
Signboard 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 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 tune with rapper T-Pain called Criminal Story.
52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Fearless was called Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Country Tune Best Female Country Vocal 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 received unfavorable evaluations and triggered media reaction.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found it refreshing to see somebody so gifted 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 included on John Mayer's single Half of My Heart Boys Like Women' 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 Motion picture soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method Back House and Crazier She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including 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 recording her cinematic debut Valentine's Day in October 2009, Swift started a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; they separated later on that year.
Valentine's Day saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a function which got blended 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 carried out as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the first host to write 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 3rd studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 3.
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 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of United States Triggers Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of Us were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the top 10 in Canada.
Later on in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Country Song and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she carried out throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the efficiency as an enhancement from her much slammed 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testimony to her capabilities 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), Female of the Year by Signboard (2011 ), and Entertainer 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.
Rolling Stone positioned 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 nation station, however she's one of the couple of real rock stars we've got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift launched a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed two initial songs 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 Written for Visual Media and was chosen for the Golden Globe Award for Best Initial Song Swift featured on B.o.B's single Both of Us , launched in Might 2012.
2012–-- 2014: Red
In August 2012, Swift launched We Are Never Ever Ever Returning Together , the lead single from her 4th studio album, Red. It became her first number one in the U.S. and New Zealand, and arrived slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, making the Fastest Offering Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs released from the album include Begin Again I Understood You Were Difficulty Everything Has Altered The Last Time , and Red . I Understood You Were Trouble 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, 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 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 new genres 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 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 ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and earned over $150 million, ending up being the highest-grossing country trip when it finished.
Red had actually offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned numerous honors, 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 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 successive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the distinction after Garth Brooks During this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a song she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Opportunity movie soundtrack. The song got a Best Original Song election at the 71st Golden Globe Awards She provided visitor vocals for Tim McGraw's tune 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 stage throughout their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree fan, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the sitcom New Girl and had a supporting function in the film adaptation The Giver In March 2014, Swift resided in New York City.
Around this time, she was dealing with her fifth studio album,, with manufacturers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Stack Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through various campaigns, including welcoming fans to secret album-listening sessions.
Influenced by 1980s synth-pop, Swift severed ties with the country noise of her previous albums, and marketed 1989 as her very first recorded, main pop album.
The album was launched on October 27, 2014.
Swift carrying out at the 1989 World Tour, the highest-grossing tour of 2015 1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the U.S. during the very first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200. This made Swift the first act to have 3 albums offer more than one million copies in their opening week, for which she made a Guinness World Record.
By June 2017, 1989 had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Three of its singles Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood including rapper Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Style and Wildest Dreams reached the top 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles were Out of the Woods and New Romantics The 1989 World Tour ranged from May to December 2015 and was the highest-grossing tour of the year with $250 million in total earnings.
Prior to 1989's release, Swift worried the importance of albums to artists and fans.
In November 2014, she eliminated her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service weakened the premium service, which provides greater royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not using royalties to artists throughout the streaming service's free three-month trial duration and specified that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the complimentary trial duration, and Swift accepted stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, applied for 73 hallmarks related to Swift and the 1989 age 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 Billboard's Female of the Year in 2014, ending up being the very first artist to win the award twice.
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 among 8 artists to receive 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 Finest Pop Vocal Album, and Bad Blood won Best Video. Swift was the first lady and 5th act general 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 vocalist Rihanna; Swift was initially credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a couple of months.
She began dating English star 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 Credibility Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of perpetuity In August 2017, Swift successfully sued David Mueller, a former early morning reveal character for Denver KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's managers that he had actually sexually attacked her by searching her at an occasion. After being fired, Mueller implicated Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for small damages of only a dollar.
The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift thereafter 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 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 achievement, Swift ended up being 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 worldwide sales totaled up to two million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.