Ryan Tedder on Christian Recording Artists
January 20, 2008 11 Comments
I had no idea who Ryan Tedder was before reading a piece on him and his band in last Thursday’s Houston Chronicle.
Tedder heads up the band OneRepublic whose single Apologize is apparently a big hit.
Chronicle reporter Joey Guerra’s piece is basically a Q&A between him and Tedder.
In it is revealed that Tedder was raised in a family of missionaries and pastors and is a Christian.
This is that part of the interview,
Q: You were raised by an extended family of missionaries and pastors. Has that played into your music?
A: I got offered a Christian record deal. I’m Christian, I grew up in the church. But I’m not going to tour churches. I was raised in Oklahoma. Tulsa’s like the buckle of the Bible Belt. I grew up in that environment. I was in Nashville for two years, (and) I quickly became friends with probably half a dozen of some of the biggest Christian recording artists. Every single one of them was absolutely miserable with the fact that they were “Christian” recording artists. I saw some stuff in Nashville that turned my stomach. Some of the most pretentious, insecure people I ever met were Christian recording artists.
Pretentious? Insecure? Ouch, I do wonder how accurate these comments are.
How do you feel about so-called Christian music?
[I wonder if Local H (if they’re still around) will write a song including the line, “If I was Ryan Tedder Would you like me any better?”]