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Teddy Swims
Swims in 2023
Background information
Birth nameJaten Collin Dimsdale[1][2]
Born (1992-09-25) September 25, 1992 (age 31)
OriginConyers, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupations
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano, ukulele
Years active2011–present
LabelsWarner
Formerly ofWildHeart
Websiteteddyswims.com

Jaten Collin Dimsdale (born September 25, 1992), also known pseudonymously as Teddy Swims, is an American singer-songwriter whose music blends genres including R&B, soul, country, and pop.[3] He originally attracted fans through song covers on his YouTube channel throughout 2019 and 2020. His third extended play Tough Love (2022) caused him to chart on the Billboard 200 for the first time.

Swims rose to prominence in 2023 with his single "Lose Control", which reached the top-ten in various international territories and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2024. Considered as his breakout single as an artist, it was preceded by the release of his debut studio album I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1), which reached the top-ten in Australia and the Netherlands. In 2024, MTV named Swims their "Push Artist of February".[4]

Early life[edit]

Swims grew up in Conyers, Georgia. His father introduced him to soul music at an early age by way of artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Al Green.[5] Swims' family were American football enthusiasts; he had been playing American football for ten years when, during his second year at Salem High School, one of his teachers suggested he and a few of his teammates sign up for a musical theatre class. The teacher also said he should join the chorus.[6]

Swims discovered his passion for performance through his experience in high-school theatre, where he performed in musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Rent, as well as Shakespeare plays.[7] He began playing instruments including piano and ukulele, and watched YouTube videos of singers to help develop his vocal technique.[5][6]

Career[edit]

2019: Early career[edit]

Swims began his music career joining a variety of Atlanta area bands, including alternative rock band WildHeart and post-hardcore band Eris, as well as soul and hair metal cover bands. He was also the lead singer of progressive rock/r&b/soul band Elefvnts. In early 2019 Swims' friend Addy Maxwell invited him to rap over some beats he had made, which earned the pair an opening slot on a U.S. tour with Tyler Carter.[5][8] On this tour he began performing under the name Teddy Swims–referring to a nickname from his childhood referencing his size, and an internet-speak acronym for "someone who isn't me sometimes," referring to the idea of integrating different parts of his personality.[5][9]

In June, Swims posted his first cover performance on YouTube, Michael Jackson's "Rock with You", and continued posting additional covers of artists from a mix of genres regularly including Lewis Capaldi, Chris Stapleton, Amy Winehouse, and H.E.R.[7][10] His cover of Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" posted in October went on to become his most viewed video, with 167 million views as of January 2024 .[11] His videos accumulated millions of views quickly and after releasing one single "Night Off" independently in July, he signed a record deal with Warner Records in December.[5][12]

2020–2021: Unlearning EP[edit]

Swims released his debut major label single "Picky" in January 2020 and embarked on his first headline tour the same month. He released several covers in the months following, including "Blinding Lights" in May, "What's Going On" in June (from which he donated the royalties to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund), and "You're Still The One" (which he had previously posted on his YouTube) in July.[11] Swims released his next single "Broke" in August, and released an additional version with Thomas Rhett in October.[5][9]

In February 2021, Swims released his single "My Bad", which he performed on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and was named an "Artist You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone magazine.[5][13] In March he released his single "Till I Change Your Mind", followed by "Bed On Fire" in April, which he performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and later re-released as a collaboration with Ingrid Andress.[14][15][16] In May, Swims released his debut seven-track EP Unlearning, followed by a tour supporting Zac Brown Band that summer.[17]

2021–2022: Tough Love EP[edit]

In August 2021, Swims released his single "Simple Things" which he performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden in September and Today in November.[18][19][20]

After releasing his single "911", Swims released his six-track EP Tough Love in January 2022.[6][21] Swims performed "Love for a Minute" on Late Night with Seth Meyers in January, and "911" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February.[16][22] Swims supported the EP with a three-month headline tour through Europe and North America beginning in February, followed by a United Kingdom and mainland Europe tour in May and June.[16][12] Swims collaborated with Meghan Trainor on "Bad For Me", released June 24 as the lead single for her album Takin' It Back.[23][24] Swims and Trainor performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in June and The Late Late Show with James Corden in August.[24][25] Swims also collaborated on singles with Mitchell Tenpenny, Illenium, MK and BURNS, and TELYKAST.

After releasing a short performance clip in May, Swims released a cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" in August. Swims performed the song on America's Got Talent alongside season 14 winner Kodi Lee and Journey founding guitarist Neal Schon.[26] In September Swims embarked on a 7–week US headline tour.[26]

2022–present: I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1)[edit]

Teddy Swims performing an acoustic version of "Rivers" by Six60, 2023

After releasing the singles "Dose", "2 Moods", "Someone Who Loved You", and "Devil in a Dress", Swims released his EP Sleep Is Exhausting on November 4, 2022.[27] He first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2023 with the release of his single "Lose Control". The single is from his 2023 debut album I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1).[28]

In 2023, Swims collaborated with Armin van Buuren & Matoma, X Ambassadors, Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor, and Elley Duhé.[29] In March Swims announced his I've Tried Everything But Therapy international headline tour, including shows in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, and New Zealand in July and August.[30] He also performed at BottleRock, Bamboozle, Boston Calling, TRNSMT, and Latitude music festivals the same year.[31][32][33][34][35] Teddy also opened for the rock band Greta Van Fleet on the tour to support their new album Starcatcher.

On December 6, 2023, Swims performed at Avicii Arena for the "Together For a Better Day"concert.[36] The concert promoted mental health awareness, and it was sponsored by the Tim Bergling Foundation, to honor the memory of the late Swedish DJ Avicii. At the concert, Swims performed his song "Lose Control" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full Of Stars", which was produced by Avicii.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[37]
AUS
[38]
CAN
[39]
NLD
[40]
NZ
[41]
UK
[42]
I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1) 17 4 15 2 6 21

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[37]
UK Down.
[42]
Unlearning 41
A Very Teddy Christmas
  • Released: October 15, 2021[46]
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming
Tough Love
  • Released: January 21, 2022
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
200 20
Sleep Is Exhausting
  • Released: November 4, 2022
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
31
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart in that territory.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[47]
US
Adult

[48]
AUS
[49]
BEL
(FL)

[50]
CAN
[51]
IRL
[52]
NLD
[53]
NZ
[54]
UK
[42]
WW
[55]
"Someone You Loved" 2019 Non-album singles
"Rivers"
"Night Off"
"I Can't Make You Love Me"
"Picky" 2020
"Blinding Lights"
"What's Going On"
"You're Still the One"
"Broke" Unlearning
"Please Come Home for Christmas" A Very Teddy Christmas
"Silent Night"
"My Bad" 2021 Non-album single
"Till I Change Your Mind" Unlearning
"Bed on Fire"
"Simple Things" Tough Love
"Please Turn Green"
"911" 2022
"Amazing" (strings version) Non-album singles
"Loveless"
(with Telykast)
"Dose" Sleep Is Exhausting
"2 Moods"
"All That Really Matters"
(with Illenium)
Illenium
"Don't Stop Believin'" Non-album single
"Someone Who Loved You" Sleep Is Exhausting
"Devil in a Dress"
"What More Can I Say" 2023 I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1)
"Lose Control" 1 1 4 1 2 4 3 3 2 4
"Some Things I'll Never Know"[A]
(featuring Maren Morris)[61]
[B] Non-album single
"The Door" 2024 76 11 6 60 29 22 37 26 100 I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1)
"Funeral" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Elephant in the Room"
(Mitchell Tenpenny featuring Teddy Swims)
2022 This Is the Heavy
"Free Them"
(One Ok Rock featuring Teddy Swims)
Luxury Disease
"Bad for Me"
(Meghan Trainor featuring Teddy Swims)
Takin' It Back
"Better"
(MK & Burns featuring Teddy Swims)
Non-album single
"New Religion"
(All Time Low featuring Teddy Swims)
2023 Tell Me I'm Alive
"Easy to Love"
(with Armin van Buuren and Matoma)
Feel Again
"Face Myself"
(with Elley Duhé)
Non-album singles
"Happy People"
(X Ambassadors with Teddy Swims and Jac Ross)

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[63]
SWE
Heat.

[64]
UK Digital
[65]
"Some Things I'll Never Know" 2023 21 I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1)
"Hammer to the Heart" 2024 9 13 29

Tours[edit]

Headline[edit]

  • I've Tried Everything But Therapy (2023-2024)[66][67]
  • Summer International Tour (2023)[68]
  • Tough Love World Tour (2022)[69]
  • US Fall Tour (2022)[70]

Supporting act[edit]

AEROSMITH farewell tour 2024 (some locations)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The non-duet original of "Some Things I'll Never Know" is on his debut album I've Tried Everything but Therapy (Part 1).
  2. ^ "Some Things I'll Never Know" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number eight on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[62]

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