Ryan Tedder Biography and Profile

Ryan Tedder
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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 the band OneRepublic.

College Career

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 hit single. OneRepublic were signed to Timbaland's label and their debut album 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" #10
  • 2011 - Adele - "Rumour Has It" #16
  • 2012 - Maroon 5 - "Love Somebody" #10
  • 2013 - OneRepublic - "Counting Stars" #2
  • 2013 - Ellie Goulding - "Burn" #13
  • 2014 - Maroon 5 - "Maps" #6

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.

In 2009, Ryan Tedder's reputation as a producer and songwriter ran into controversy when many observers detected similarities between Beyonce's hit single "Halo" and Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone," both Ryan Tedder productions. Kelly Clarkson tried to stop the release of "Already Gone" as a single, but it became a top 20 pop hit and went all the way to #1 on the adult pop radio chart.


Ryan Tedder was one of a team of producers and songwriters to work with Adele on her landmark breakthrough album 21. They first met at the 2009 Grammy Awards ceremony and decided to work together. The two tracks they worked on that made it to the final album were "Turning Tables," a critical favorite, and "Rumour Has It" which reached the top 10 across adult pop, adult contemporary, and mainstream pop radio. Ryan Tedder later collaborated in early sessions for Adele's album 25, but none of their collaborations made the album's final cut.

More OneRepublic Success

OneRepublic's third studio album Native, released in March 2013, became a major international pop breakthrough for the band. It became the group's first top 10 album debuting at #4 on the album chart. It included the #2 pop smash "Counting Stars" that became a top 10 smash in countries around the world,. It topped the adult contemporary, adult pop, and mainstream radio charts while going to #1 on the British pop singles chart. "Counting Stars" ultimately sold more than six million copies. "Love Runs Out," the first single from a re-release of the album Native, climbed to #15 on the pop singles chart in the US.

Continued Songwriting and Production Success

Ryan Tedder continues to be one of the most in demand of pop songwriters and producers. He worked on Ellie Goulding's hit "Burn," Maroon 5's "Maps," and the collaboration between Zedd and Selena Gomez on "I Want You To Know." Ryan Tedder co-wrote and co-produced the songs "I Know Places" and "Welcome To New York" on Taylor Swift's landmark album 1989. In 2012, he earned a Grammy Award nomination for Producer of the Year Non-Classical.