US Songwriter Teddy Geiger has announced that he is transitioning from male to female.
Teddy, whose credits include four radio smashes with Shawn Mendes (Stitches, Mercy, Treat You Better and Nothin’ Holding Me Back) as well as songs written for or with DJ Snake, Tiesto and James Blunt, revealed the news on social media on Friday.
Replying to a fan who asked why he “looks different lately”, the 29-year-old wrote” “I am transitioning. … Love it or hate it, this is who I have been for a loooooong time.”
The full message read: “Okay…because u asked nicely… I am transitioning. I started talking about it with a couple of my close friends and family about a month ago and it’s given me the courage to start the process.
“I feel like the next step is to tell y’all. So here goes. Love it or hate this is who I have been for a looooong time. I love u guys. Talk sooooon byeeee.”
Recently, the hitmaker and sometime actor (Geiger has had roles on The Royal Pains and 2008 Rainn Wilson vehicle The Rocker) appeared at the Grammy Museum where he performed the song Mercy solo on piano and participated in a panel about songwriting.
Geiger was himself a major label artist back in 2006 when he released an album on Columbia Records and was swiftly labeled the next big thing.
His debut album, Underage Thinking, reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and featured the singles For You I Will (Confidence) and These Walls, but didn’t pick up momentum.
In 2013, he self-released The Last Fears through iTunes and Spotify.