Los Angeles, California
Currently resides in
Los Angeles, California
R5 is a band that features Ross, his brothers Rocky and Riker, his sister Rydel, and their friend Ellington Ratliff (he usually goes by "Ratliff"). Ross plays rhythm guitar, Rocky plays lead guitar, Riker plays bass, Rydel plays keyboard, and Ellington plays drums. Ross usually sings lead with his siblings on back-up, but in some songs, Rocky, Riker, or Rydel take the lead or Ratliff would.
History of R5EditThey have been performing together since a young age, but Ellington wasn't added to the band until the Lynch family moved to California from Colorado and met him in a dance class in 2009.
Rocky taught Riker and Ross how to play guitar and also taught Riker how to play bass. Rocky writes and produces a majority of the songs, while Riker co-writes a lot of them.
R5 performs concerts mostly in California because that is where they are from. In May 2012 they went on a West Coast Tour and performed all around the western part of the United States. With Ross being on Austin and Ally, they have gotten a large amount of new fans and new oppurtunities and are now signed with Hollywood Records and have shows planned in the East Coast and in Canada in addition to those in California.
Their fans are called the R5 Family and a large amount of the R5 family can be found on Tumblr and Twitter.
R5 has been recording songs for along time and usually use them in their videos on Youtube called R5TVs found on Riker's Youtube account (RikerLynch) and the Official R5 account (officialr5). Though, since they've been signed, they've been professionally recording original songs set to be released on a full length album set out for release in spring 2013. They previously released the Ready, Set, Rock EP on iTunes but they took it down. For right now, they have a single on iTunes called "Say You'll Stay".
R5 also do the music for Austin and Ally on the full tracks, but are however not seen on the show. Though, they are seen in the Heard It On the Radio music video. Two of their original songs, Crazy 4 U and What Do I Have To Do, are available as bonus tracks on the Austin & Ally Soundtrack.
RikerEditThis is the guy that started it all, for the Lynch kids. As the oldest of the R5 clan, Riker got the ball rolling very early, dancing and performing Michael Jackson and Grease routines when he was four years old for the adoring family members.
Soon, that turned into four younger siblings, all mimicking Riker, and R5 was born. Now, after many years of dancing and acting in Colorado, Riker is a full time actor/dancer/musician in LA and currently has a recurring role as "Jeff Warbler" on the Fox Television hit, "Glee".
RockyEditRocky is sometimes thought of as the George Harrison of R5, "the quiet one". That is, until he picks up a guitar and starts into a Fall Out Boy song.
Rocky's model good looks and quiet demeanor definitely fool people, but he actually is a very calm presence and a bit of an old soul. After years of following in Riker's footsteps, Rock is now out on his own, loving his guitar and shooting several commercial projects in LA. Rocky is the key founder of R5 the band, playing guitar and creating most of the music for the band.Even when he was a very small child, Ross had that little extra something, that charisma that attracted people. When he was three or four years old, he could often be found in a deep conversation with an adult, usually a complete stranger, that was captivated by his smile and energy and his unique ability to communicate with anyone.
Today, that same attraction has shot him to the forefront of the entertainment industry, where Ross is starring in the Disney show, Austin & Ally, and is Brady in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach Movie. Ross also plays rhythm guitar with R5 and has co-written several original songs with the band.
RydelEditAs the only girl in a family of five childen, Rydel is a unique blend of beauty, sass and Tom-Boy. Her innocence and sweet heart are her trademarks, but she is also an amazing dancer and actress.She was named after Rydell High School from Grease.
Rydel competed a major dance/video production called AC Zone: The Musical, soon to be released. She was also featured in a Nick Cannon movie called School Gyrls. Rydel plays keyboards, tambourine, and sings with R5. She also was in the Taylor Matthews Music Video, Head Over Feeling.
EllingtonEditRatliff's real first name is Ellington, but his band mates quickly nominated him to be known as "Ratliff" so he could complete the band and still have an "R" name, thus keeping the R5 name intact.
Ratliff is definitely the relaxed, comic relief of the band, never getting too worked up about anything, which is a great contributing factor to the bands success. But the real benefit of having Ratliff around is his amazing drum skills. R5 was not really a band until he showed up and then it was like magic, with everything coming together with the sound of those drums. Even though he is not related like the rest of the band, he is still considered family to the Lynch's.
Ellington is also an impressive SAG actor, with a long resume of TV and movie credits and has also been seen dancing.
- R5 Rocks! Website
- R5 Wikipedia Page
- R5 Rocks! Wiki
- R5 Twitter
- Ross' Twitter
- Riker's Twitter
- Rydel's Twitter
- Rocky's Twitter
- Ratliff's Twitter
- Ryland 's Twitter
- OfficalR5 Youtube
- R5VEVO Youtube
- RikerLynch Youtube