OneRepublic to support Zac Brown Band in summer

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OneRepublic will be a supporting act for Zac Brown Band on the following dates:

June 30 — Atlanta, Ga. at SunTrust Park
July 14 — Detroit, Mich. at Comerica Park
July 27 — Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park
July 28/29 — Flushing, N.Y. at Citi Field
Aug. 10 — Minneapolis, Minn. at Target Field
Aug. 31 — Seattle, Wash. at Safeco Field

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Ryan Tedder Among Rockers Making a Play for Oscar

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The rock world is seemingly fielding ever more contenders in the Oscars’ Best Original Song category, with artists including Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Sara Bareilles, and the late Chris Cornell all performing end-title themes they wrote or co-authored.

“Truth to Power”
from “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
Music and lyrics by Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett

It’s difficult to figure out for sure whose idea it was for first time co-writers Tedder and Burnett to team up for the sequel to the environmental doc “An Inconvenient Truth” (which yielded an Oscar for Melissa Etheridge’s song). Burnett says he’d been interested in meeting Tedder before Al Gore called Burnett to ask what he thought about bringing him in. Interscope’s film head asked Tedder about the movie and got a quick assent before even getting to Burnett already being signed on.

That didn’t hurt: Tedder “grew up listening to a lot of his records, to be honest. I tore apart (Burnett’s production of the Wallflowers’) ‘One Headlight’ a hundred different ways back in the day when we started a band. And I think T Bone and I share an affection for super-throwback Delta music. In the last 10 years I listened to more Muddy Waters than anything — says the guy who does stuff with Ed Sheeran; I know it doesn’t make any sense.”

Tedder wanted the song to start small before it got to a choir. “If you’re trying to get on KIIS-FM, go write a song for ‘Fast and Furious Part 10’,” he says. “That’s a different animal. To me, this needed to be reverential. And my default mechanism when writing is very often gospel, and some of the songs that we had done that were referenced when I got brought in are more gospel-leaning records. And when I watched the climactic parts of the film with Vice President Gore giving this speech at Stanford, where he becomes more and more emboldened as the speech goes on, by the end of it, I was like, oh, God, he’s just doing like an altar call right now. And I went to Oral Roberts University, so I’ve seen my fair share of altar calls.”

Gore asked them if they could drop the movie’s subtitle into the lyrics, and Tedder initially resisted, thinking the phrase “truth to power” was too on-the-nose. They found a solution. “The cliché is speaking truth to power, of course,” says Burnett. “I loved the idea of when truth turns to power.”

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OneRepublic Live in South Africa

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OneRepublic Live in Africa is an upcoming video release also known as ‘Native Tour DVD’. It was filmed during OneRepublic show in Johannesburg in 2015 and also features the band’s documentary.

It is expected to be released on February 23 and is now on pre-order.

 

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CTV Unveils Remaining THE LAUNCH Season 1 Mentors and Aspiring Artists’ Episode Pairings

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Following the previously announced broadcast details for Episode 1 headlined by international musical icon Shania Twain and award-winning producer/songwriter busbee, a staggering roster of musical A-listers join Borchetta as mentors in the series’ additional episodes. All are paired with groups of five previously announced emerging artists per episode as follows:
OneRepublic frontman and acclaimed producer/songwriter Ryan Tedder and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland Jennifer Nettles are on hand to mentor:

  • Basil Phoenix – the R&B and hip-hop artist from The Pas, Manitoba, started writing songs and instrumental beats as a teen and has since amassed a strong following on Instagram.
  • Divine Lightbody – the R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, and reggae singer and multi-instrumentalist from Brampton, Ont., has received more than 14,000 hits just months after launching her YouTube™ channel.
  • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine – the “x” in their name is pronounced “and”, but it also represents the multiplying effect the instrumentalist/composer Elijah and lyricist/vocalist Jamie have on one another.
  • JP Maurice – this pop/rock/alt-country artist from Vancouver’s first EP Girls sweeps from cinematic pop-noir into slinky neo soul with powerfully emotive vocals.
  • LITEYEARS – the high-energy, alt-pop group of four meshes programmed electronic loops, ethereal keyboards, and melodic guitar counterpoint with organic instrumentation for a unique and refreshing sound.

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Ryan Tedder, Hamdi Ulukaya and Bulgari North America Honored at the 5th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala

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Last night, Save the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, honored Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic; Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner BVLGARI North America. The event, which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was hosted by NBC’s Craig Melvin and featured a special performance by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis.

Now in its fifth year, the Illumination Gala benefits Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children celebrated each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future:

Leona Lewis presented The Voice Award to Ryan Tedder, Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and front man of the multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic, who was recognized for his extraordinary dedication to speaking up on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition to supporting Save the Children’s humanitarian relief efforts on the conflict in Syria and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Tedder used the power of his voice on the OneRepublic song “Feel Again.” The song served as the backdrop in 2013 for an Ad Council PSA for Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters campaign, which helped millions of children in poor countries survive their first five years of life. Tedder said the song was inspired by actual heartbeats of children in Guatemala and Malawi, where frontline health workers work every day to keep kids healthy. As part of the campaign, Tedder visited Save the Children’s newborn and child survival programs in Guatemala, and donated proceeds from sales of the song to Save the Children. His foundation, The Ryan & Genevieve Tedder Foundation, also supports children through education and youth development.

Ryan expressed his appreciation for Save the Children, “They’re giving hope. And they’re hitting people where it matters – the youth. They’re impacting lives before we form our opinions, before we get old and you can’t change. When you’re young, you’re impressionable, and if you show love to a kid unencumbered, it has a lasting effect that transcends ideological beliefs, war, factions, famine, all of it. So for that, I want to give a round of applause to Save the Children.”

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OneRepublic share Bangkok itinerary, talk new music and decade-long journey

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Since OneRepublic swung by Bangkok in elephant pants between their 2013 Native Tour dates, fans have been longing for the day they would perform in the city.

Thanks to BEC-Tero Live Nation, last Thursday, September 21 the Colorado band of multihyphenates finally took on the Impact Arena and put on a two-hour debut show. It was packed with spellbinding hits like “Stop and Stare”, “Secrets”, “Apologize” and “Counting Stars”; huge pop anthems including “Kids”, “Good Life”, “Something I Need” and “Love Runs Out”; and stripped down covers of songs which frontman, the “Secret King of Pop”, Ryan Tedder himself penned, namely Beyoncé’s “Halo” and Ed Sheeran’s “Happier”.

Before all of that went down AsiaLive365 attended the show’s press conference where Tedder, Brent Kutzle (bass, cello, keyboard), Zach Filkins (guitar, viola), Drew Brown (guitar, synths) and Eddie Fisher (drums) shared their Bangkok itinerary and talked new music, exciting collaborations, and decade-long journey as a band.
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