Birth name Ryan Benjamin Tedder
Born June 26, 1979 (age 36)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Origin Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pop rock pop R&B
Singer songwriter producer
guitar bass guitar drums keyboards percussion clarinet tambourine synthesizers piano cello trumpets
Years active 1996-present
Ryan Benjamin Tedder (born June 26, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is best known as the frontman of the pop rock band OneRepublic, though he has an independent career as a songwriter and producer for various artists such as Madonna, U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Birdy, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding, B.o.B, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, K’naan, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, Gavin DeGraw, Sebastian Ingrosso, Gym Class Heroes, One Direction, James Blunt, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Far East Movement, Paul Oakenfold, Ella Henderson and Tessanne Chin.
Tedder’s production and songwriting work has proven successful commercially. “Apologize”, “Bleeding Love” and “Halo” made it to the list of best-selling singles of all time. In early 2014, Billboard named him “The Undercover King of Pop” and featured him on the magazine’s cover. During the last quarter of 2013, and the first of 2014, he charted four Top 40 hits
Ryan Benjamin Tedder was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tedder was raised by an extended family of missionaries and pastors in a Christian church. He began learning to play the piano at the age of three via the Suzuki method. 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. Tedder started singing at the age of seven. 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.” He continued to perform musically during his adolescence through church, school, and personally formed groups.
In his senior year, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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. Tedder completed his college education and graduated from ORU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
Tedder is married. He acknowledged and thanked his wife, Genevieve, in the liner notes of OneRepublic’s debut album Dreaming Out Loud. They have two sons: Copeland Cruz Tedder (born August 2, 2010) and Miles (born September 2014). Tedder’s second cousins (Adam, Ashley, and Austin Clark) comprise the band Sons of Sylvia and were formerly in The Clark Family Experience. He co-wrote their song “Love Left to Lose”.
Despite being a Christian, Tedder does not want to be labeled as a “Christian artist”. He has a tattoo on one arm, written in old Japanese, which he got in Osaka; it means “God’s will” and more literally translates into “God gives and God takes”.
Tedder became involved with Southern Hospitality, a restaurant co-created in 2007 by Justin Timberlake at Second Avenue in Manhattan, when it opened a second location in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. On August 22, 2011, it was announced that Tedder had become the first franchisee of the Southern Hospitality BBQ brand and that there were plans to bring the concept in ten cities across the United States including Denver, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix, Palo Alto and Washington, D.C. They opened a restaurant in the St. Elmo Hotel in October 2012.