Ryan Tedder's Early Life and Education:
Ryan Tedder was born June 26, 1979, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma by a religious family. He began to learn to play piano at the age of three via the Suzuki method. Tedder's father was a musician, and young Ryan began to sing at the age of seven. He says he practiced singing two hours every day until the age of eighteen. Ryan Tedder's family moved to Colorado when he was in high school where he met future members of OneRepublic.
Ryan Tedder attended Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. He continued to develop his musical skills while he was a student. In 2001 Tedder graduated with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Advertising. He eventually made the decision to move west to Los Angeles after graduating. There, via an MTV talent contest, he met Timbaland.
The group OneRepublic was formed in 2002 in Colorado by Ryan Tedder and his high school friend Zach Filkins. Tedder had been offered deals to write songs in Nashville, but he wanted instead to be an artist and help develop the sound of a group. The band gained their first exposure via the group's MySpace page. In 2007 Timbaland selected the group's single "Apologize" to remix for his album Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The result was a massive international #1 pop single. OneRepublic were signed to Timbaland's label and their debut album Dreaming Out Loud hit stores in November 2007.
Ryan Tedder and His Mentor Timbaland:
When Ryan Tedder moved to Los Angeles in 2002, Timbaland took him under his wing. For the next two years, although he was working with other artists, Ryan Tedder worked closely with Timbaland. He says, "Being with him for two years stepped up my game a thousand-fold." Tedder developed the ability to work across a wide range of genres including pop, hip hop, R&B, and even country music.
Top Ryan Tedder Songs:
- 2007 - Natasha Bedingfield featuring Sean Kingston - "Love Like This" #10
- 2007 - Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - "Apologize" #1
- 2008 - Leona Lewis - "Bleeding Love" #1
- 2009 - Beyonce - "Halo" #3
- 2009 - Jordin Sparks - "Battlefield"
Hot Producer and Songwriter:
Everything seemed to come together for Ryan Tedder in 2007. He hit the pop top 10 for the first time as a producer and songwriter on Natasha Bedingfield's top 10 hit "Love Like This." Nearly at the same time his band OneRepublic became widely known on the heels of Timbaland's hit remix of their single "Apologize." Suddenly Ryan Tedder was one of the most in demand producers and songwriters working with everyone from Blake Lewis to Kelly Clarkson. Tedder's reputation climbed even higher when he produced and co-wrote the massive #1 hit "Bleeding Love" kicking off Leona Lewis' US success.