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Teddy Geiger
This 17-year-old multi-instrumentalist is frequently compared to guitarist/songwriter John Mayer, but what Teddy Geiger just wants is the chance to play his music to the world. Here are 8 things you must know about the brand new star on the music scene.

1. He taught himself to play a number of musical instruments.
From the time that he was young, Teddy was naturally drawn to music and spent a lot of time teaching himself to play. He began playing on the family piano and then went on to pick up the guitar, bass, drums and trombone. By age 11, he was already recording his own songs. He began by using the sound recorder on the computer, then moved up to a four-track and kept evolving his tools from there. He soon began playing live at coffee shop every chance he got. He always enjoyed songwriting and took his time coming up with the tunes. He explains, “I’ll write, throw some stuff out, and then suddenly something catches you and you like how it sounds and you then take it further and build on it and soon it becomes a song!”

2. He got his big start thanks to his mother.
While Teddy was out one afternoon a few years ago, he received a phone call from his mother Lorilyn telling him to come home immediately. She said she was putting him on a plane that very day to go audition for a new VH1 reality show called In Search Of The New Partridge Family. Teddy beat out thousands of other contestants to make it to the final rounds of the show but had to be eliminated because he was only 15 and the requirement was for an 18-year-old. However, his talent did not go unnoticed. At the audition, he caught the eye of top record producer Billy Mann (Sting, Pink, Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland). Teddy played a cover of the Goo Goo Dolls' hit Slide to an appreciative audience and afterwards, backstage, Billy Mann handed his number to Teddy and told him to call. Mann loved Teddy’s music and soon began looking for a record deal for him.

3. His first EP made it to the Top 10 Heatseekers in Billboard Magazine.
In February of 2005, Teddy released his acoustic EP, Step Ladder, which was originally only sold at his live shows and in small record stores. Amazingly, the disc made it to the Top 10 Heatseekers in Billboard Magazine. He had a record deal now but still no big hype around him. Teddy kept playing live gigs and said once during a summer 2005 show that he planned to play a few shows and probably just hang around his home town. This almost ended up being the case until June that year when Teddy got an offer to open for teen superstar Hilary Duff on a 35-city tour across the nation. Now the buzz was really beginning to build. Teddy, in the meantime, was just happy to be playing his music to new listeners. He says, “It’s great ~ I write a song and now I can actually do something with this rather than just throw it on to my tape, or show my mom or something! Now it’s like, ‘Let’s see what we can do with this, you know.’”

4. His first release got off to a grand start.
One year after he released his acoustic EP, Teddy's music video for his debut single For You I Will (Confidence) debuted on MTV’s TRL and quickly skyrocketed it's way into the top 5 videos in America. That same week, Confidence was released to radios nationwide and became the highest debuting single of the week. Teddy's debut album Underage Thinking hit US stores in March 2006, and went Gold, selling more than 100,000 copies in the pre-order stages.

You can read the rest of our feature on Teddy Geiger in the May 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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