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Teddy Geiger on Inspiring People to Come Out Through Music: 'Music Can Do Even Little Things'

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Teddy Geiger in a video for Rolling Stone.

Although she may be best known as the songwriter responsible for Shawn Mendes’ biggest hits -- including “Stitches,” “Mercy” and “In My Blood” -- singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger has been producing and releasing her own music for years since she was signed to Columbia Records at age 17.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone for the mag's “The First Time” series, Geiger spoke about the first time she felt her music had made an impact on her fans. The songstress said that her song “These Walls,” the lead track from her debut album Underage Thinking, resonated with her fans, resulting in an influx of letters and messages she received from them.

“A lot of people wrote to me about it and said that it helped them with various things, which was really nice to hear,” she said. “ I had one person write me a whole thing about how it helped them come out … like, ‘It helped me ask this girl I wanted to ask out’ or whatever. It’s like, that’s cool, that music can do even just little things.”

Geiger also spoke to Rolling Stone about her first experience hearing her music played on the radio. The singer said that she was confused when she first heard it, since she had been listening to the song in her car before it got radio play. “It was just too surreal,” she said. “It didn’t make sense that it was actually playing on the radio. It’s almost weirder when you hear somebody sing your song who’s, like, some kindergarten student who has the song stuck in their head and is walking down the street singing it. I don’t know, it’s weird.”

Watch Teddy Geiger relive her memorable “firsts” below:

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