Dean Stanley Geyer is a South-African born-Australian singer-songwriter and actor who came third in the 2006 season of the talent contest Australian Idol, then he played the part of Brody Weston on Glee in season 4 and currently portrays Mark in Terra Nova.
Dean Geyer was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, as the oldest of three children to parents Debbie and Keith. He has two younger sisters, Jessica and Tatum, who shares his interest in martial arts. He moved to Melbourne, Australia, at age 15, leaving most of his family behind. Dean attended Melbourne High School, a select-entry high school for boys, finishing his Victorian Certificate of Education from MHS in 2004, but did not pursue higher education, as he was by his own admission, "not made for school". Geyer's interest in music started early in his childhood. He learned to play the guitar, and wrote his first song entitled "Change" which was based on his move from South Africa to Australia. At his Australian Idol audition, he played a self-composed song called "Nice to Meet You". In 2004, Dean Geyer formed a band called "Third Edge" and recorded his original music at Studio 52. Studio 52 then permitted Dean and his band to perform at the Kool Skools awards night, but they only received a nomination.
He has stated that his musical idols are Bon Jovi and Marc Cohn.
Australian Idol 2006Edit
Geyer auditioned for the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006 in his hometown of Melbourne. After singing Marc Cohn's "Walking In Memphis", Geyer played a self-composed song called "Nice to Meet You". This song was praised by the three judges, who unanimously decided to put him through to the Top 100.
Geyer survived the culling rounds in Sydney, where the Top 100 are reduced to the Top 24. He sang "I Don't Wanna Be" by Gavin DeGraw for his elimination performance, and later performed the U2 smash hit "Beautiful Day" with Chris Murphy. They became close friends and impressed the judges with their voices and camaraderie. Geyer was the first contestant accepted into the Top 100, and the second contestant voted into the Top 12.
Geyer's performance of Ryan Cabrera's "On the Way Down" on 15 October received a "touchdown" from judge Mark Holden. His Disco performance in the Final 8 of "Turn the Beat Around" included a front handspring by Dean off the side of the stage, and a backflip at the end of the performance. In the weeks leading up to the final of Australian Idol 2006, Geyer was selected by both Mark Holden and former Idol judge Ian Dickson as their favorites for winning the competition.
On 12 November, Dean received a Touchdown from Mark Holden after his performance of Edward McCain's "I'll Be". Mark also said that his performance was a number-one hit. Although Dean was one of the most popular characters on the show, he was eliminated from the show on 13 November after receiving the lowest amount of votes from home viewers losing out to runner-up Jessica Mauboy and eventual winner Damien Leith.
2006-2008: Post Idol CareerEdit
Within weeks of the series finale of Australian Idol, Dean signed an exclusive recording contract with SonyBMG in 2006. Dean released his first single "If You Don't Mean It" which premiered on radio stations on 5 April 2007. The single was released to iTunes on 5 May 2007. The single peaked on the ARIA charts at #10. The album, recorded in early February, was released on 26 May 2007.
Dean released his debut album, Rush, on 26 May 2007. The album peaked at #7 on the ARIA charts and received mixed reviews from critics. The album quickly dropped on the charts and a second single was not released. Dean performed at the Celebrity Grand Prix in Melbourne throughout June 2007 to promote the album. He was originally set to support Young Divas on their Australian Tour, but instead he decided to in-store appearances and signings.
In late 2007, Dean toured as a supporting act across Australia for ARIA Award-winning music duo The Veronicas on their "Hook Me Up" Tour. He would later appear in the duo's music video for "This Love", playing the love interest of Lisa Origlassio, his then fiancee.
In 2008, it was announced SonyBMG had dropped Dean from the label. He revealed he has begun recording his second album and will release it independently.
2008-Present: Acting career and second albumEdit
In November 2007, Ten Network announced that Dean has signed o to become a series regular on the long-running Australian soap opera, Neighbours. Dean participated in a series of workshops and vocal coaching to improve his acting skills.
Geyer made his acting and Neighbours debut on 27 March 2008. He portrayed the role of Ty Harper, a law school dropout and aspiring musician. On the 19 May 2008 episode, Geyer performed a duet with Neighbours co-star Caitlin Stasey, which their characters Rachel and Ty performed at the Erinsborough High School Formal. The song became a cult success and reached the ARIA download charts at #40. Despite a series favorite, Geyer left the series during the first half of 2009 to concentrate on his music career.
In June 2010, Dean was announced to make his film debut in the action drama film, Never Back Down 2. He will star alongside MMA fighter, Scott Epstein with actor Michael Jai White to make his directional debut. Filming took place in September 2010 and wrapped in November. The film is set for a 13 September 2011 release.
He has since returned to acting, taking the role of Reynolds on the new hit show, Terra Nova. He has a recurring role on the popular musical-comedy drama show, Glee, in which he plays Brody Weston, a junior at NYADA who befriends Rachel Berry, introduced in season 4.
Dean is regularly noticed for his commitment to his Christian faith. He revealed to TV Guide Australia saying,"I'm not saying it's easy [to remain celibate], but it's a decision I've made."
Geyer began a relationship with Lisa Origliasso of Australian duo "The Veronicas" who met whilst at the 2007 ARIA Awards. In April 2008, Lisa publicly announced that the two were engaged. However, following the engagement, because of off work commitments, the pair called off the engagement. Geyer is currently dating his Never Back Down 2 co-star Jillian Murphy.
2008-2009: Neighbours (Ty Harper)
2011: Terra Nova (Reynolds)
2011: Single Ladies (Gabe)
2011: Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (Mike)