Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of the popular song, “Apologize,” is a professing Christian with an incredibly diverse music talent. His rock band, One Republic from Colarado, continues to have mainstream success spawned by the release of their first album Dreaming Out Loud.
“I don’t like weirld attention,” said Tedder. ” I don’t drive flashy cars, [and] I don’t wear clothes that draw attention to myself.”
According to Tedder, he was raised in a Pentacost home which plays a key role in his songs. In fact, Houston Chronicle conducted a Q&A interview with him after he became popular in 2008. He was asked about his faith and music. Tedder responded by saying he grew up in the church and was even offered a Christian recording deal early on.
However, Tedder refused the deal based on two personal conclusions. One, he didn’t feel the need to tour around churches to get his music out. Second, he felt the time spent in the South with other “popular” Christian artists changed his mind about the industry.
“I saw some stuff in Nashville that turned my stomach,” Tedder said. “Some of the most pretentious, insecure people I ever met were Christian recording artists.”
Why the Name OneRepublic?
A year after the release of OneRepublic’s debut album, Voice of America conducted a video interview on Youtube with Tedder. The lead singer said that he wanted to pick a name that would be strong and unifying.
His group members tried to put together a name, and one day somebody told them republic meant a group of people brought together for a common cause, united for the same goal. Tedder thought republic was a great name, thus “OneRepublic” was established.
Beyond the Business
Despite turning down the Christian music industry, Tedder has since achieve muched recognition in mainstream music even earning a certified gold album. OneRepublic will always remember their humble beginnings on MySpace, which may not seem like the ideal gateway into mainstream, but it did give Tedder and his band an opportunity to shine.
Today, he is one of the most well-respected song writers, producers and singers in the entertainment industry. Most of his songs are uncomparable to other songs on mainstream radio. He has made an impact with the skills that God has given him without having to be labeled as a “Christian artist.”
“If you don’t have the passion forget it,” says Tedder. “I know a handful of artist who are in it for the business, and there good at it and made millions of dollars, but to me it’s not worth it.”