OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder is used to the screams of fans but will soon be adjusting to cries of a different kind — he and wife Genevieve are expecting their first child in early August.
“Yes, it’s true. I’m going to be a dad for the first time,” Tedder, 31, confirms to PEOPLE. “I’m extremely excited and looking forward to it.”
“We are having a boy,” the singer/songwriter revealed, smiling. “[Genevieve]’s due in about four weeks.”
As for the baby’s name, Tedder explains that “it’s a secret,” but says he’s been studying up on babies and how to be an effective parent.
“I’ve read the books and done my homework,” he noted before hitting the stage with his band Wednesday in N.Y.C. to help celebrate their collaboration with Ralph Lauren’s Big Pony fragrance collection. “So hopefully I can handle it.”
Bandmate and lead guitarist Zach Filkins — who just became a father himself when wife Lindsay gave birth to son Leighton Zachary on June 8 — says Tedder has all the right qualities.
“It’s funny, you never know how you’re going to be as a dad until it really happens. But with Ryan, I feel he has everything it takes to be a great dad,” says Filkins. “He has nothing to worry about. He’s going to be extremely informed.”
One piece of advice Filkins does have for Tedder? Don’t have a full house when baby arrives.
“Go slow on the family and friends. As awesome as it is, we basically had a month of in and out and it wears you out too,” Filkins explains. “Space it out and [don’t] let them come all at once!”
— Paul Chi