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American singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger first catapulted onto the national stage in March 2006 when his debut album, the critically-acclaimed "Underage Thinking," entered the Billboard Top 200 at #8 and yielded a million-selling Hot AC Top 10 single -- "For You I Will" -- when Teddy was just 16.
This year Teddy is recording and releasing his new album, The Last Fears, exclusively through Pledge Music at www.pledgemusic.com/teddygeiger where fans are invited to help play an integral part in making the album.
Proficient on a number of instruments including guitar, bass, piano and drums, Geiger had first made his reputation as a musician in high school when gigs around his native Rochester, New York, earned the loyalty of an ever-growing fanbase of self-proclaimed "Ted-Heads." While an internet fan buzz fueled his early burgeoning popularity, Teddy's first independent release, the regional EP "Stepladder" (on Cred Records), peaked at #1 in Rochester and made the Top 10 in Billboard's mid-Atlantic regional "Heatseekers" chart, leading to a deal with Columbia Records.
Teddy's debut album, "Underage Thinking," was both a popular and critical success. "Teddy Geiger projects an easy charm along with his real pop chops," raved The New York Times while People magazine, in a three-and-a-half star "Critic's Choice" review, predicted that "Teddy Geiger should have a long career ahead of him."
Teddy's dynamic new school pop, informed by the spirit of rock's glory days, earned him spots on shows featuring Gavin DeGraw, Kelly Clarkson, and Hilary Duff's #1 pop tour. Teddy has shared bills with Brandi Carlile, Pete Yorn, Simple Plan, Fall Out Boy, Frankie J, Jesse McCartney, The Click 5, among others. Teddy's breakout year closed with the artist becoming the first male to grace the cover of Seventeen magazine in five years.
Teddy -- who had a dramatic role as an emerging young singer-songwriter in "Love Monkey," the short-lived CBS cult television series (later picked up by VH1) -- made his big screen debut in 2008's "The Rocker," a summer comedy starring Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate which premiered a number of new Teddy Geiger performances in its soundtrack.
Since the release of "The Rocker," Teddy Geiger moved to New York City and began writing the songs at the core of The Last Fears. New compositions and performances include "Shake It Off," "Magic," "Home," "Ordinary Man," "One More Night," and "Walking In The Sun". The album has a sound not dissimilar from his debut but also showcases both his maturity and depth as a songwriter and craftsman.
Jennings: Small Frame, Big Voice:
Jennings is the one-name moniker of NYC based siren Mary Jennings. Standing five feet, one inch tall Jennings is small in stature, her music however, is anything but. Drawing influences from artists like Imogen Heap, Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan and Moby, Jennings' music reflects an enormous strength and drive that is uniquely hers. "I believe that the difference between an artist and the average person is a fearless and relentless willingness to expose their quarks, oddities, secrets, and passions for all of the world to see and hear." said Mary.
Mary's surge in musical expression started after the sudden death of her mother."This tragedy rocked me to the core, but there is so much beauty in what it allowed me to do," she says. "All of my emotions came pouring out in the form of melody." At the time, her father, a former musician, gave her the option to go through therapy or record an album. He knew both would be equally helpful to her, but by recording her music, she would be able to have something to hold on to and share with others for a lifetime.
It is this honesty in Jennings' music that has attracted praise from fans and press nationwide. "Jennings' music is sweet, lush, powerful, full of great hooks, intelligent and meaningful to boot! I love it!" said Heather Miller-Rodriguez of 100.1FM KRUU. Platinum award winning producer John Rowe agrees Jennings' music is "creative and original... A breath of fresh air!"
2009 was a banner year for Mary professionally. Jennings has worked with Billboard charting songwriters, toured with national artists and has had music placed in a number of popular television shows. While that small taste of success has been nice, Jennings values a connection with the audience most. "Live performances give me such a rush. It is one of the best parts about being a musician. To me, it was what truly brings the music to life. To know that you only have a few moments to capture and audience and keep them engaged long enough to fall in love with you and your music is a difficult task, but one that I wouldn't trade for any other profession."
By any measure, Mary can look forward to good days ahead. Nightwaves said it best, "I sense big things in Jennings' future."
For more information on Jennings, please contact Emerging Artists Music (310) 571-5008