James Righton

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James Righton
James Righton off Klaxons.jpg
Righton in 2007
Background information
Birth name James Nicholas Righton
Born (1983-08-25) 25 August 1983 (age 31)
Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Genres Indie rock,[1] post-punk revival,[2] new rave, neo-psychedelia
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Piano, guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Polydor, Geffen
Associated acts Klaxons

James Nicholas Righton (born 25 August 1983) is an English musician. He is the co-vocalist and keyboardist for the London-based new rave band Klaxons.

Early life[edit]

Righton was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Righton's father, a musician, encouraged him to be a part of several bands that performed regularly while he was still at Stratford-upon-Avon High School.[3]


Righton attended the Benicassim festival, where he met up with Simon Taylor-Davis (whom Righton had taught to play guitar).[4]

Klaxons signed to Polydor Records in 2006.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Righton began dating actress Keira Knightley in late February 2011,[6] and the couple became engaged in May 2012.[7] They were married at a low-key ceremony in Mazan in the South of France on 4 May 2013.[8]


  1. ^ "Klaxons Mercury award winners". Clash. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Pollock, David (10 October 2006). "Get out your glowsticks". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Rolls, Chris (6 April 2007). "The myth and magic of the Klaxons". MP3.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ready to rave?". European Vibe. 2006. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Cripps, Charlotte (20 October 2006). "The Klaxons: New noise warning". London: Independent News & Media. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Gicas, Peter (25 April 2011). "Keira Knightley's Latest Starring Role: Bridesmaid at Brother's Wedding". E! Online. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Sheridan, Emily (25 May 2012). "Never Let Her Go: Keira Knightley engaged to marry rocker boyfriend James Righton". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Keira Knightley weds James Righton in France". Hub 24x7. Retrieved 5 May 2013.