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Ryan Tedder

Ryan Tedder performing with OneRepublic.
Background information
Birth name Ryan Benjamin Tedder
Also known as Alias
Ryan "Alias" Tedder
Born June 26, 1979 (age 30)
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Pop rock, R&B, alternative rock, adult contemporary
Occupations Singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, clarinet, glockenspiel
Years active 1999 – present
Labels Columbia Records
Interscope Records
Associated acts OneRepublic
Website Ryan "Alias" Tedder

Ryan Benjamin Tedder (born June 26, 1979) is a Grammy nominated American singer and songwriter and record producer.[1][2] He is best known as being the frontman for the pop rock band, OneRepublic, though he has written and produced for various artists.[3]



Early life

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tedder was raised by an extended family of missionaries and pastors.[4] He began learning to play the piano at the age of three via the suzuki method, whereby young children learn to play an instrument "by ear rather than reading notes".[4] His early interest in music was prompted by his musician father and school-teacher mother, who coaxed their young son into practicing piano in exchange for candy corn.[4] Tedder started singing at the age of seven.[2] A self-taught vocalist, Tedder began honing this skill at the age of twelve by imitating his favorite artists, who ranged from The Beatles to acts as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder and Sting. He has commented, "I sang for two hours a day every day of my life until I was eighteen."[4] He continued to perform musically during his adolescence through church, school, and personally formed groups.[2]


In his senior year, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.[5] There he met and became friends with future OneRepublic band-mate Zach Filkins on their soccer team at the Colorado Springs Christian School. He attended Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma and began to showcase his own material there.[6] Tedder completed his college education and graduated from ORU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising.[7][8]


Early musical career

For years Tedder worked as a waiter, and also as a shop assistant at Pottery Barn, before securing an internship at DreamWorks SKG in Nashville, singing on demos to break into the music scene.[6] He produced demos for songwriters and labels, charging $300 to $400 a track.[4] Tedder claims that Dreamworks offered him his first publishing deal shortly after his arrival; however, he was intent on pursuing a career as an artist and his first venture in that arena came via a different route all together.[6]

At the age of twenty-one, Tedder competed in a singer-songwriter competition and was selected by 'N Sync singer Lance Bass as one of five finalists to perform on a one-hour special on MTV, performing original material in front of millions of viewers.[9] The prize for the winner was a music contract with Bass's now-defunct management company, Free Lance Entertainment.[9] The contestants performed live and were then rated by judges and the audience; the highest scoring artist winning the contract. Tedder's performance of one of his songs, "The Look", received the most votes from the judges and fans, and he won the competition; however, a contract with a recording label was not finalized and no album was released.[9] Tedder later revealed the record and publishing deal he was offered "wasn't real. It was just a bunch of hype that didn't turn into anything."[10]

Producing and writing

Before his eventual move to Los Angeles to start OneRepublic, Tedder caught the attention of the hip hop producer Timbaland.[11] Tedder commented that he was with Timbaland from 2002-2004 to develop as an artist while producing for other artists at the time.[10] Tedder's work crossed many musical genres (ranging from hip hop, R&B, rock, pop to dance/techno) and he has had many chart successes both in America and the United Kingdom with a number of artists.[12] In June 2007, Tedder signed a worldwide publishing administration deal with Kobalt Music Publishing. The deal included Tedder's new works and all songs not performed by OneRepublic.

Tedder is the writer of the worldwide smash, "Apologize", performed by his band OneRepublic, which as of 2008 is the best-selling and charting single of the decade.[13] The song broke the US Top 40's Radio Airplay Record with 10,331 spins in one week. It was the number-one most played song for five months until May 7, 2008 when Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" (a song that Tedder co-wrote and produced), broke the record previously set by "Apologize", with 10,665 spins in one week.[14] "Bleeding Love" was the best-selling single of 2007 in the United Kingdom, topping the UK charts for seven weeks and was the fastest selling CD of 2007 receiving the most radio airplay worldwide prior to its US debut. The song also earned a Best British Single award nomination at the Brit Awards in February 2008 and reached number one in over 35 countries. Tedder and co-writer Jesse McCartney received an ASCAP award for writing the song. Tedder is also credited for writing the treatment for the second music video that was filmed for the US release of "Bleeding Love". It also earned a Record Of The Year nomination at the February 2009 Grammy awards.[15]

Tedder has written and produced singles with artists such as Leona Lewis, Dima Bilan, Alexandra Burke, Backstreet Boys, AJ McLean, Teairra Mari, Chris Cornell, Ashley Tisdale, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, Letoya Luckett, Paula DeAnda, Hilary Duff, Timbaland, Christina Millian, Bubba Sparxxx, Shayne Ward, Tupac, Lemar, Esmee Denters, Clay Aiken, t.A.T.u., Jennifer Hudson, Menudo, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, Westlife, Sugababes, Rihanna, Daughtry, Mario, DJ Tiesto and a number of songs with various rock acts in the US and abroad.[16] He worked with Kelly Clarkson on her 2009 album All I Ever Wanted, penning the songs "If I Can't Have You", "Impossible", "Save You", and "Already Gone", which features vocals from Ryan. He also worked with Beyonce on her album I Am… Sasha Fierce, penning the song "Halo." The similarity between the songs "Already Gone" and "Halo" prompted Clarkson to publicly state that she did not know about "Halo" and that both songs were co-written by Tedder.[17] Tedder's work with Beyonce also earned him two Grammy nominations with Record Of The Year for "Halo" and Album Of The Year for I Am...Sasha Fierce at the January 2010 Grammy Awards. Tedder has worked extensively on Leona Lewis's second album Echo, writing and producing many songs with her, three of which have made the album, including the first single "Happy", "You Don't Care" which features vocals from Ryan and "Lost and Found", which features OneRepublic. Tedder co-wrote and produced Jordin Sparks' lead single "Battlefield" from her second album of the same name. Tedder worked on American Idol Season 8 runner up, Adam Lambert's debut album For Your Entertainment.

Tedder is currently working with Katy Perry and Nelly Furtado on their forthcoming studio album.


As well as producing, Tedder also sings lead vocals and plays guitar and piano for the pop rock band, OneRepublic. The five member band consisting of Tedder, Filkins, Eddie Fisher, Drew Brown, and Brent Kutzle was formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2002 by Tedder and his high school classmate Zach Filkins.[18] Tedder has since revealed that the band was formed at a "crossroads" in his life: "I was offered two publishing deals within two months of being in Nashville…I could have just written songs and lived a carefree life, but I knew that I had to be an artist. I wanted to form a rock band and create my own sound."[4] Based in Los Angeles, OneRepublic started out as an unsigned act on the social networking website, MySpace. Since June 2004, they have accumulated over thirty million plays for their music on the site. As of 2009, they are the number-one band on MySpace and have been in the MySpace Music's Top Artists since the summer of 2006.[19]

The band gained further exposure when their 2007 single, "Apologize", was re-mixed and re-released on Timbaland's compilation album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The remix became an international chart hit in the fall of 2007. The song broke records after gaining 10,331 spins in one week. According to SoundScan, "Apologize" is the most legally downloaded song in US digital history with sales of over 4.3 million digital downloads in the US alone.[20] It is also the second best-selling song of the decade.[21] OneRepublic's debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, includes both the song's original version and version with Timbaland, and was released on November 20, 2007 on Timbaland's Mosley Music Group imprint via Interscope Records.[22] The band had previously been signed to Columbia Records, and their album was due to be released in 2006, but this did not occur. Tedder explained, "Crap happened. People got fired. Labels merged and politics abounded".[23] Subsequently, the band was released from their deal with Columbia, and they were signed by Timbaland in the summer of 2006 becoming the first rock band to be signed to Mosley Music Group.[23] Tedder has commented on the success of his band's hit single, "Apologize": "The toughest thing to do is write a hit song, but we had a hit song before we had an album… What has happened has been really strange and really great."[22]

Tedder is a multi-instrumentalist. During OneRepublic's performances, he often switches from singing lead vocals to playing guitar, bass guitar, glockenspiel, tambourine or piano. On rare occasions, he plays drums alongside the band's main percussionist, Eddie Fisher.

The band finished recording their sophomore album, titled "Waking Up" on August 25,2008, and released their lead single, "All the Right Moves" to radio and iTunes everywhere except Germany, where "Secrets" was released instead. The album was released on November 17, 2009 in the United States.

Personal life

Tedder is married to Genevieve. He openly acknowledged and thanked her in the liner notes of OneRepublic's debut album Dreaming Out Loud.[5]

Writing and production credits


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Ryan Benjamin Tedder (born June 26, 1979) is an American singer, and Grammy nominated songwriter and record producer born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1][2] He has written and produced for various musicians but, as of 2007, he is best known as the front man for the "MySpace US rock phenomenon", OneRepublic. He wrote songs and produced for Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and also, did some work for Timbaland.[3]


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