Ricky Wilson (British musician)

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Ricky Wilson
Wilson at Greenville Festival in 2013
Background information
Birth name Charles Richard Wilson
Born (1978-01-17) 17 January 1978 (age 37)
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, Cowbell, Ukulele, Harmonica, Tambourine
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Kaiser Chiefs, Parva
Website www.twitter.com/rickontour

Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (born 17 January 1978) is the lead singer of English band Kaiser Chiefs, a five piece band from Menston and Guiseley in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Their successful songs include "Ruby", "I Predict a Riot", "Never Miss a Beat", "Oh My God" and "Everyday I Love You Less and Less".

Before the formation of the Kaiser Chiefs in 1996, Wilson was a member of the band Runston Parva (later known as Parva).

On 19 September 2013, Wilson was confirmed as a coach on The Voice UK.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Ricky Wilson climbing on stage trussing at Rock Werchter 2009

Wilson was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He attended Leeds Grammar School after Ghyll Royd primary school. He later attended Leeds Metropolitan University and completed his BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Arts and Design in 2000. [3]

During the early days of Kaiser Chiefs, Wilson was well known for wearing stripy blazers, waistcoats, turn-up jeans and winkle picker shoes, a style that won him the Shockwaves NME Award For Best Dressed Person in 2006.[4] Lately, he has adopted a more casual dress code.

Wilson is well known for his energetic stage presence, climbing scaffolding, standing on the safety barrier and at times crowd surfing. Of crowd surfing, Wilson says he likes to "get out and see the crowd, see what they smell like".[5] Such exploits have occasionally resulted in injury, such as torn ankle ligaments after jumping off stage during a concert in Portugal.[6]

Outside of Kaiser Chiefs[edit]

Wilson has twice been a guest on the BBC Two television show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, firstly in 2005 as a panellist and then as a guest host in 2006. He also featured on the panel of the BBC Television comedy series, Shooting Stars, in 2009.

In 2008, he appeared in Peter Kay's talent show parody, Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, in a duet with the show's protagonist, Geraldine McQueen.

Wilson had a minor part in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, as the rock star boyfriend of Sarah Harding's character, Roxy.

In 2010, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 in a background role as Dirk Cresswell in a scene at the Ministry of Magic. Between November 2012 and January 2013, Wilson took on the role of the Artilleryman in the staged musical, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation.

On 19 September 2013, Wilson confirmed he would replace Danny O'Donoghue as a coach on the third series of The Voice alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones and fellow new coach Kylie Minogue, who replaced Jessie J.[1][2] In February, Katy B also appeared on the BBC as Wilson's team mentor.[7]


  1. ^ a b "'The Voice' UK: Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson confirmed as fourth coach". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson joins The Voice". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Leeds Met student and Kaiser Chiefs frontman, Ricky Wilson, to be coach on BBC1's The Voice". Leedsmet.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "ShockWaves NME Awards 2006". Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Interview with Ricky Wilson, Kaiser Chiefs — Enjoyment (Universal Island, DVD Video, 2005)
  6. ^ "Kaiser Chiefs singer injures leg during gig". Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Wightman, Catriona (25 February 2014). "The Voice: Katy B, Tinie Tempah, more join as mentors - pictures". Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

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