Teddy<3's Body & Soul

This one surprised me a bit. It was a voice I had heard before, but from an artist sharing more of herself than I knew existed. Teddy<3 (formerly under the artist name, Teddy Geiger) released “Body & Soul” from her forthcoming album LillyAnna.

To catch you up on the last few years, Teddy<3 is well-known for the mid-2000s pop hit “For You I Will (Confidence)” and since then has been primarily behind the scenes involved in writing and studio work, having written songs for One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Christina Aguilera, Def Loaf, but most recently with Shawn Mendes, including ALL of Mendes’ top-10 Billboard Hot 100 hits as well as his new self-titled album. She’s been busy, y’all.

In an interview with Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio earlier this month, Geiger said the songs on her upcoming new album, LillyAnna, date back to 2011 and 2012 up until she began transitioning. “There are a lot of songs about struggling with identity and not knowing how to really let out and express yourself,” she told Lowe. “It’s kind of all clouded.”

“Body & Soul” gave me the “wait, who’s that…” pause, so check it out below. Really excited about the writing and music to come: