After hovering in a helium-high range, she lets her voice drop into a lower, but still fem, register. Geiger, who was marketed as a teen heartthrob in the mids, presents differently these days. It has been a little over a year since she revealed to her fans that she was transgender, which she announced with a post on Instagram. Seemingly overnight, the year-old artist may have become the most influential person in music production who also happens to be openly trans. On Nov. She has long wrestled with her own gender identity. Before becoming a behind-the-scenes hitmaker, she was packaged as a teenage sex symbol. Her debut, Underage Thinking , reached No.
Just a few years ago, Teddy Geiger was known primarily for the mids pop-rock hit " For You I Will Confidence " and for disappearing to the world of behind-the-scenes songwriting and studio work. Geiger penned songs for One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer , but the biggest successes have come with her work with Shawn Mendes, including on all three of Mendes' top Billboard Hot hits and the entirety of his new self-titled album. But a lot can happen in a year. After coming out as trans in October , the New York Times profiled Geiger earlier this year; her latest appearance on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio on Tuesday September 4 shows her own star is back on the rise. In an interview with Lowe, Geiger said the songs on her upcoming new album, LillyAnna , date back to and up until she began transitioning. Mendes, Geiger's most frequent collaborator, spoke to her power as a star in that Times interview. It couldn't be farther from the whisper-pop of "For You I Will" — all it took was a dozen years.
It was last October, and she had already spent roughly three weeks writing and recording for Mr. Geiger showed a draft to her musical family. I love u guys. A sparkling heart. A lightning bolt. A peace sign. Mendes said. Then they all got back to work.
Not many artists get to experience as many pop lives as Teddy Geiger. At 19, she starred as the romantic lead opposite future Oscar winner Emma Stone in the comedy The Rocker. Shifts in both radio pop and her label meant that it was easy for her to bail on her Columbia deal and explore other options.