‘Songland’s Ryan Tedder: 10 Facts About the OneRepublic Frontman

Kyle Montplaisir
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NBC’s new show Songland is packed with today’s greatest musical minds. Ryan Tedder, frontman of OneRepublic and songwriter extraordinaire, is one of the three mentors on the show. We’ll see him working with up-and-coming songwriters each week to perfect their songs for the featured artists.

But this whole process is nothing new to him. In case you aren’t familiar with Ryan Tedder, here are some facts you should know!

1. Ryan is from Oklahoma.

Ryan Tedder is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born on June 26, 1979, making him 39 years old.

2. He comes from a musical family.

Ryan’s interest in music was inspired by his father, who was a musician, and his mother, who was a school teacher. He began learning to play piano at the age of three in exchange for candy corn. Ryan took up singing when he was seven. He claims he “sang for two hours a day every day of my life until I was 18.”

3. Ryan’s had some odd jobs.

For years, Ryan worked as a water and also as an assistant at Pottery Barn. He then secured an internship at DreamWorks SKG in Nashville and began to break into the music scene.

4. He won the “Free Lance Talent Search.”

At 21 years old, Ryan Tedder entered a singer-songwriter competition put on by *NSYNC’s Lance Bass. He was selected as a finalist and sang an original song, “The Look,” in front of millions of viewers on MTV. Ryan eventually won the talent search but never received the music contract that was supposed to be the prize.

5. Ryan Tedder had a long-term collaboration with Timbaland.

From 2002-2004, Ryan worked with hip-hop producer Timbaland. Under his wing, he developed as an artist and songwriter, eventually leading to more collaborations and a worldwide publishing administration deal in 2007.

6. Ryan has won three Grammys!

Ryan Tedder has been a recipient of the Grammy for Album of the Year three times. These wins were thanks to his production credits on Adele’s 21 and 25, and Taylor Swift’s 1989.

7. He wrote “Counting Stars” at a Beyonce writing camp.

As he has told before, Ryan actually wrote “Counting Stars” for OneRepublic at a Beyonce writing camp. The single went on to be the band’s biggest hit! Its music video was the first by a band to reach 1 billion views on YouTube.

8. Ryan wrote “Rumor Has It”…and the story behind it is amazing!

Ryan Tedder worked with Adele to write her hit song “Rumor Has It.” In the original writing session, he played the guitar line and Adele sang over it. Once it got to the studio, Adele sang through the song one time from start to finish, which ended up being the recording that went directly on the album. Ryan said that’s the only time in his over 15 years of being in the music industry that he has ever witnessed that happen.

9. He is a Christian.

Ryan Tedder is a Christian but doesn’t want to be known as a “Christian” artist. He has a tattoo on one arm, written in old Japanese, which reads “God’s will.”

10. Ryan’s songwriting credits are impressive, to say the least.

Ryan has written and produced singles for basically every big name in music, including Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, the Jonas Brothers, Beyonce…the list goes on. You can read through his impressive full songwriting discography for more.

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