1989–-- 2003: Early life and education
Swift's youth home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Taylor Alison Swift was born upon December 13, 1989, Reading Medical Facility in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a previous stockbroker Merrill Lynch her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay), is a previous housewife who previously worked as a mutual fund Her more youthful sibling, Austin, is an actor.
She was named 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 business owner and neighborhood leader who opened several services in Philadelphia in the 1800s.
She invested her early years on a Christmas tree farm that her dad purchased from among his customers.
Swift recognizes as a Christian She went to preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by the Bernadine Franciscan prior to transferring to The Wyndcroft School The family transferred to a leased home in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where she attended Wyomissing Location Junior/Senior High School At age nine, Swift ended up being thinking about musical theater and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions.
She likewise took a trip regularly to New york city City for vocal and acting lessons.
Swift later shifted her focus toward country music, influenced by Shania Twain's songs, which made her want to simply run around the block 4 times and fantasize about whatever. She invested weekends carrying out at regional celebrations and events.
After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure she needed to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a profession in music.
She took a trip with her mother at age eleven to visit Nashville record labels and sent 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 thinking to myself, I need to determine a way to be various. When Swift was around 12 years old, computer system service technician and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He aided with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write Lucky You.
In 2003, Swift and her moms and dads began dealing 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 included on a Maybelline collection CD, and attended meetings with significant record labels.
After performing initial tunes at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was provided an artist advancement offer and started making frequent journeys to Nashville with her mom.
To help Swift get into country music, her daddy moved to Merrill Lynch's Nashville workplace when she was 14 years old, and the household transferred to a lakefront home 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: Career starts and launching album
In Nashville, Swift dealt with knowledgeable 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 composing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.
Rose thought the sessions were some of the most convenient I have actually ever done. Generally, I was just her editor. She 'd blog about what occurred 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 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 really felt that I was running out of time. I wished to catch 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, Big Maker Records. She had first fulfilled Borchetta in 2004.
Swift became one of Big Machine's very first finalizings, and her dad purchased a three-percent stake in the business for an estimated $120,000.
She started working on her eponymous debut album soon after. Swift convinced Big Device to hire 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 eight 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 little work of art of pop-minded nation, both wide-eyed and negative, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, 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 nation acts' tours 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 mom helped stuff the CD songs into envelopes to send out to radio. She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour, television looks, and opening for Rascal Flatts on choose 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 need to give him her 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 best regards appreciate it. Taylor. Borchetta stated that although record industry peers initially disapproved of his signing a 16-year-old singer-songwriter, Swift used a formerly unknown market teenage ladies who listen to country music.
Following Tim McGraw, 4 more singles were launched throughout 2007 and 2008: Teardrops on My Guitar Our Song Picture to Burn and Ought to've Said No . All appeared on Billboard Hot Nation Songs, with Our Song, and Must've Said No reaching primary. With Our Song, Swift ended up being the youngest person to solitarily compose and sing a number-one song on the chart.
Teardrops on My Guitar reached number thirteen on the U.S.
Swift likewise 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 debut 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 honors for Taylor Swift. She was among the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest individual to be honored with the title.
She also won the Country Music 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 also nominated for Finest 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 started a romance with singer Joe Jonas that ended 3 months later on.
2008–-- 2010: Brave and acting
Swift's 2nd studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
Five singles were launched in 2008 through 2009: Love Story White Horse You Belong with Me Fifteen , and Fearless . Love Story, the lead single, peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and primary in Australia.
You Belong with Me was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
All five singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with Love Story and You Belong with Me peaking at number one.
Courageous debuted at primary on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the U.S.
Fearless Tour, Swift's first headlining performance trip, grossed 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 likewise performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour in 2009.
Visualized at the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Film, Swift had a cameo look in the film and recorded two tunes for its soundtrack In 2009, the music video for You Belong with Me was called Best Female Video MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech was cut off Kanye West an incident that became the subject of debate, prevalent limelights, and lots of Web memes James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent limelights turned Swift into a bona-fide mainstream star.
That year she won 5 American Music Awards, consisting of Artist of the Year and Favorite Nation 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 Ladies.
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 Thug Story.
52nd Yearly Grammy Awards, Brave was named Album of the Year Best Nation Album, and White Horse was named Best Nation Song Best Female Nation Vocal 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, a performance that received unfavorable evaluations and caused media backlash.
Jon Caramanica of The New york city Times found it rejuvenating to see someone so talented make the periodic 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 Ladies' single 2 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 2 songs for the Hannah Montana: The Film soundtrack You'll Constantly Discover Your Method 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 primary on the Canadian Hot 100, and peaked at number two on the Signboard Hot 100.
While shooting 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 sweetheart of a high school jock, a role which received blended evaluations.
Swift made her TV acting launching in a 2009 episode of CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
Later on that year, Swift hosted and carried out as the musical visitor on an episode of Saturday Night Live; she was the very first host to write their own opening monologue.
2010–-- 2012: Speak Now
Swift carrying out during the Speak Now World Tour In August 2010, Swift released Mine , the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It got in the U.S. Signboard 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 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 songs Mine, Back to December Mean The Story of Us Sparks Fly , and Ours were launched as singles. All other than The Story of United States were Hot Nation Songs top-three entries, with Sparks Fly and Ours reaching number one.
Back to December and Mean peaked in the leading ten in Canada.
Later in 2010, she briefly dated star Jake Gyllenhaal 54th Yearly Grammy Awards in 2012, Swift won Best Nation Tune and Best Nation Solo Performance for Mean, which she performed throughout the ceremony.
Media publications kept in mind the performance as an enhancement from her much criticized 2010 Grammy efficiency, which served as a testament to her abilities 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 Billboard (2011 ), and Performer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (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.
Rolling Stone put Speak Now at number 45 in its 2012 list of the 50 Finest Female Albums of All Time, composing: She may get played on the nation station, however she is among the couple of real rock stars we've got these days, with a flawless ear for what makes a song click. Speak Now World Trip ranged from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million.
In November 2011, Swift released a live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live She contributed 2 original tunes to The Appetite 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 Song Written 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 United States , launched in May 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 very first top in the U.S. and New Zealand, and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital tune sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record.
Other songs launched from the album consist of Begin Again I Knew You Were Trouble Everything Has Changed 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 songs, Begin Again, 22, and Red, arrived 20 in the U.S.
Swift carrying out on the Red Trip Red was launched on October 22, 2012.
On Red, Swift worked with brand-new manufacturers besides long time collaborators Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose:
Shellback Dann Huff Jeff Bhasker Butch Walker Dan Wilson Jacknife Lee
The album incorporates 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 first female to have two 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 Trip ranged from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million, becoming the highest-grossing country tour when it completed.
Red had offered 8 million copies by 2014.
The album earned a number of awards, including four elections at the 56th Yearly Grammy Awards Its single I Knew You Were Problem won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Swift received American Music Awards for Best Female Country Artist in, and Artist of the Year in She got the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the 5th and 6th consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
Swift was honored by the Association with an unique Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the award after Garth Brooks Throughout this time, she had a short-term relationship with English vocalist Harry Styles In 2013, Swift recorded Sweeter than Fiction , a tune she wrote and produced with Jack Antonoff One Possibility film soundtrack. The tune received a Best Original Tune election at the 71st Golden World Awards She supplied guest vocals for Tim McGraw's tune Highway Don't Care , featuring guitar work by Keith Urban.
Swift performed As Tears Go By the Rolling Stones Chicago, Illinois as part of the band's 50 & & Counting Florida Georgia Line on stage during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing Cruise Swift voiced Audrey, a tree enthusiast, in the animated movie The Lorax made a cameo in the comedy New Lady and had a supporting function 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 producers Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Load Ryan Tedder Ali Payami She promoted the album through different projects, 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 first documented, main pop album.
The album was released 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. throughout the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 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 actually sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
3 of its songs Shake It Off Blank Space , and Bad Blood featuring rap artist Kendrick Lamar reached primary in Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
. The songs Design and Wildest Dreams arrived 10 in the U.S.
. Other singles 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 total 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 business's ad-supported, totally free service weakened the premium service, which provides higher royalties for songwriters.
In a June 2015 open letter, Swift criticized Apple Music for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's complimentary three-month trial duration and mentioned that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists throughout the totally free trial period, and Swift consented to stream 1989 on the streaming service.
intellectual property rights management and holding business, TAS Rights Management, declared 73 trademarks related to Swift and the 1989 age memes.
She re-added her entire brochure plus 1989 to Spotify, Amazon Music Google Play and other digital streaming platforms in June 2017.
Swift was called Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2014, becoming the very first artist to win the award two times.
2014 American Music Awards, Swift received the inaugural Dick 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 among 8 artists to receive 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 Video. Swift was the very first lady and 5th act general 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 break up, they co-wrote the song This Is What You Came For , which features vocals from Barbadian vocalist Rihanna; Swift was at first credited under the pseudonym She subsequently outdated English star Tom Hiddleston for a few months.
She started dating English star Joe Alwyn in September 2016.
Swift wrote the tune Better Guy Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker, which was launched in November.
2017–-- 2018: Track record
Swift on her Reputation Arena Trip (2018 ), the highest-grossing North American tour of all time In August 2017, Swift effectively took legal action against David Mueller, a previous early morning reveal personality for Denver KYGO-FM. 4 years earlier, Swift had notified Mueller's employers that he had sexually attacked her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for damages from his loss of employment. Soon after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault for nominal damages of only a dollar.
The jury declined Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift afterwards cleared her social networks accounts and released Look What You Made Me Do as the lead single from her 6th album, Reputation The single was Swift's very 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 noise, with hip hop R&B EDM It debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. With this accomplishment, Swift became the 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 worldwide sales totaled up to two million copies.
The album had actually sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide since 2018.