Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins formed the pop/rock band OneRepublic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2002. They first drew attention as an unsigned act on MySpace, but their first major success was the 2005 single "Apologize" from Dreaming Out Loud, their debut album with Interscope Records. It would become a worldwide hit with a remix by Timbaland in 2007.
Tedder was poised to be a pop star when he snagged a record deal and publishing contract on an MTV singing competition hosted by 'N Sync's Lance Bass in 2000. But the reality of reality TV sunk in fast. Tedder remembered in a BBC News interview: "And then two weeks after being on MTV, I was waiting tables picking up chips off the floor. It turned into nothing. It was all on paper - it wasn't real. It was just a bunch of hype that didn't turn into anything."
Zach Filkins spent his childhood studying classical guitar in Barcelona, Spain. He would land in Colorado Springs in his teen years, where he would meet bandmate Ryan Tedder in his senior year of high school.
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