"Rush is the perfect title for my album - it sums up everything that I've felt in the past year," says Dean Geyer about his debut album Rush. "The whole process of creating, writing, recording and promoting has been a rush. I don't mean moving quickly, although that's certainly an aspect of my life these days! But it's been such a joyous ride for me. Just a year ago, this was just a dream. Now I'm living it! Australian Idol gave me the lucky break, and I intend to work very hard to keep up the momentum."
Dean Geyer grew up listening to the radio. Those who most shaped his music included Jon Bon Jovi ("so successful and so diverse"), the Goo Goo Dolls ("I love their acoustic sounds"), Matchbox 20 ("love Rob Thomas' voice") and John Mayer ("his words are so descriptive").
Dean's appearances on national television through Idol in 2006, captivated fans with his honest passionate performance delivery, model good looks and a warm confident personality.
He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the eldest of three children. His parents Debbie and Keith moved their family to Melbourne, Australia, when he was 15 years old. Around this time he learned to play guitar and wrote his first song "Change" about coming to Australia.
Dean has a focus and self confidence which comes from his close ties to his family. His sense of discipline and healthy attitude are the result of his interest in karate, which he has a black belt in.
Prior to entering Idol, Dean performed for two years with a covers band, also performing some of Dean's original songs, in and around Melbourne at pubs and universities as well as corporate gigs and events.
When the young 21 year old started work on his first album, he knew it would be guitar driven, diverse and delivered with honesty. Above all, it would have a strong commercial sound. So Dean started writing with writers well known for their pop sensibilities - Phil Buckle of Southern Sons, Paul Wiltshire, Adrian & Barb Hannan, Richie Vez who plays bass with Diesel, Adam Reilly, Michael Stangel, Tom Nicholls and Sydney's DNA Boys. Four of the tracks are songs that were sent to him, which he says "I identify so strongly with it's almost like I wrote them too."
As of May 2008, Geyer has now become an actor on Australia soap opera Neighbours, playing law school drop-out Ty Harper.