For You I Will
First introduced to TV audiences as a finalist on VH1's “In Search of the New Partridge Family” (2004), American singer, songwriter and actor Teddy Geiger landed his first real acting job in the short-lived series “Love Monkey” (2006), playing industrious musician Wayne Jensen. Simultaneously, the New York native achieved victory in the music industry thanks largely to his gold album “Underage Thinking” (2006, #8 in Billboard's 200,). The album spawned the platinum single “For You I Will (Confidence)” (#29 in the US Hot 100) and the song “These Walls.” “For You I Will (Confidence)” received a Nickelodeon Teen Choice nomination. Geiger made his feature film acting debut in the disappointing comedy “The Rocker” (2008), opposite current companion Emma Stone.
Geiger is currently dating actress Emma Stone (born on November 6, 1988). They met in 2004 on the set of VH1's “In Search of the Partridge Family,” but did not get together until they were reunited in 2007 for the making of “The Rocker.” Geiger also competed in a New York “The Battle Of The Bands Concert” and won 1,000 dollars, which he donated to the Tsunami Relief Efforts.
The blue-eyed singer names “Whatever & Ever Amen” as his favorite album, Orson Scott Card's “Ender's Game” as his favorite book and hockey as his favorite sport. He enjoys watching the Wes Anderson comedy “Rushmore” (1998) and the animated TV series “Family Guy.” In addition to music and films, he enjoys hanging out with friends.
Try Too Hard
Childhood and Family:
John Theodore Geiger II, who would later be popular as Teddy Geiger, was born on September 16, 1988, in Rochester, New York, to Lorilyn and John Geiger. He has two younger siblings, Rachel and A.J. Teddy enrolled at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. With the help of a tutor, he later graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School. He was on the chess team in school.
Teddy began playing piano at age 6. He received his first guitar at age 8. By age 10 or 11, he had written his first song, “Try Too Hard.” Apart from music, young Teddy played baseball for his town’s Little League team.
Musically talented Teddy Geiger first gained attention when he became a finalist on VH1's reality show “In Search of the New Partridge Family” (2004), in which he auditioned for the role of Keith Partridge. Although he was dropped from the show, he won the heart of producer Billy Mann, who has worked with the Sting, Kelly Rowland, Pink and others. Mann remembered, “He (Geiger) got up on stage at the VH1 show and he was so undeniable that literally everyone sitting behind was pulling their hair out, because at that point we knew he wasn't going to make the cut because of his age but they couldn't take him off the air early (during a performance) because he looked too good, he sounded too good, and he had too much talent.”
A few months after the contest, Geiger secured a contract with Columbia Records. The brown haired musician was in his junior year of high school when he had to leave his hometown for New York City to start recording his first album.
Meanwhile, on June 7, 2005, Geiger released an acoustic EP called “Step Ladder” through Cred Records. Containing six songs that included “Confidence,” the alias of “For You I Will (Confidence),” the EP made its way to the Top 10 Heatseekers in Billboard Magazine. In Summer 2005, Geiger served as an opening act for Hilary Duff’s 2005 “Still Most Wanted” tour. During the tour, which ran from July to September 2005, he visited 35 cities across the United States.
Geiger caught the eye of TV producers and soon made his professional acting debut as up-and-coming musician Wayne Jensen in the comedy series “Love Monkey,” which premiered on CBS on January 17, 2006. The show, however, was canceled after 3 episodes. VH1 later aired the show in one complete season of 8 episodes. In addition to acting, Geiger also composed theme music featured in the episodes “The One That Got Away” and “The Window.”
“Underage Thinking,” Geiger's first album, was launched on March 21, 2006, with the young pop singer writing almost all the songs on the album. Produced by Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas and Paul Pimsler, the album sold more than 56,500 pieces in the first week of release and made its debut at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It has since been certified gold by RIAA. “Underage Thinking” also hit the Australian and Canada Album Charts at No. 27 and No. 59, respectively.
The lead single, “For You I Will (Confidence),” which was released in February 2006, peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also rose to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40 Recurrents, No. 10 on Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, No. 18 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream, No. 10 on Billboard's Pop 100 and No. 29 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. By April 2006, the song had received platinum certification. “For You I Will (Confidence)” was nominated for a Nickelodeon Teen Choice award in the category of Favorite Love Song and the video won a 2007 MTV Australia Award for Best Spankin' New Artist.
The less successful second single, “These Walls,” followed in September 2006. It peaked at No. 32 in the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, No. 34 in the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream and No. 50 in Australia, where “For You I Will (Confidence)” previously rose to the Top 12. The song was used by an Australian TV network to promote the show “Prison Break.”
After the success of his album, Geiger released the six song Christmas EP “Snow Blankets the Night” on December 12, 2006, through iTunes. It consisted of three new original songs, including “I Found an Angel,” an original Christmas song written by Geiger, a cover of Mariah Carrey's “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and live versions of the singles “For You I Will (Confidence)” and “These Walls.” The video music of “These Walls” is also included in the EP.
Geiger ended his partnership with Columbia in 2008. The same year, he broke into the big screen as one of the leads, Curtis Powell, in the comedy “The Rocker,” alongside Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Josh Gad, and Emma Stone. The film, directed by Peter Cattaneo of “The Full Monty” fame and co-written by Wallace Wolodarsky of “The Simpsons” fame, was considered a box office disappointment.
Geiger has completed a new album titled “The March.”
“I've been checking my MySpace a lot and I've reached over a million profile views. That's so awesome. I love reading all your comments and seeing what you guys thought of the music and shows. It's a great way to get to know all of you so keep them coming! Can't thank you guys enough.” Teddy Geiger