OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder Eagerly Awaits Son’s Arrival

07/08/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

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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

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Alex on

Aw big congratulations! I saw OneRepublic support Bon Jovi in London and they were amazing. Can’t wait to see this new little one!

Allie on

Arrrgggghhhhhhhhhh!!! I’m soooo jealous!!!!!!!! hahaha I’ve never thought she was attractive, but that’s just my bitter opinion. I really do hope baby boy looks like him, because he is super SEXY, and those genes NEED to be replicated!! 😉

Nikki on

I know they will be great parents! Allie-that’s so mean!!

Allie on

What’s so mean? That I’m bitter? Or, that I’m jealous? That I hope the kid looks like him b/c I find him g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s? I think his wife is very sweet. My opinion on her looks is my opinion — and it’s a good thing no one (especially him!) cares about my opinion! haha Not trying to be mean, AT ALL. 🙂

Ali on

Teddy is such a talented artist. All of the best to him and his wife. I’m sure they’ll make great parents.

jb on

Are you kidding me? Ryan’s wife is HOT!!! The baby would be lucky to get her looks!

Allie on

Nope, not kidding you. You say baby boy Tedder would be lucky if he had her looks — I think it’s more like CURSED. 🙂

Lisa on

Genevieve is absolutely GORGEOUS!! The baby will be beautiful!

luciano on

either way the baby is more likely to enherit both traits from them maybe they may have a baby with both their looks.