J. R. Richards

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J. R. Richards
US Navy 030529-N-8273J-003 J.R. Richards, lead singer for the band "Dishwalla," performs on Shipboard Information Training and Entertainment Television (SITE TV) for the crewmembers aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68).jpg
Background information
Birth name John Robert Richards[1][2]
Born (1967-04-30) April 30, 1967 (age 51)
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming
Associated acts Dishwalla
Website Official website

John Robert "J. R." Richards (born April 30, 1967)[2] is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and television and film composer. Richards was the lead singer and principal songwriter for alternative rock band Dishwalla.



Richards began his career as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Dishwalla. The band released their debut album Pet Your Friends in 1995. The album scored Dishwalla a #1 hit in 1996 with the Richards-penned “Counting Blue Cars”. The song is well known for its lyrics, "Tell me all your thoughts on God, 'cause I'd really like to meet Her" lyrics. Richards won a Billboard Music Award for Top Mainstream Rock Track of the Year. He also won two ASCAP Awards for both having the Most Performed Song of The Year.

Dishwalla produced four other albums with Richards as lead singer and main songwriter, including And You Think You Know What Life's About in 1998, a live album called Live... Greetings from the Flow State and the 2002 hit, Opaline. After Dishwalla completed their its last album, Dishwalla in 2005, bassist Scot Alexander left the band prior to touring. Dan Lavery from the band Tonic filled in for Alexander during Dishwalla'a fourth album tour in 2005. Drummer Pete Maloney left the band end of 2005 leaving the band without a drummer, bass player or label. The band unofficially broke up in 2006 with only one original member remaining. Richards officially left the band in 2008 even though at this point Dishwalla's last performance was in 2005. In 2009, Dishwalla reformed with a modified member list though has yet to release any new material.

Solo career and other ventures[edit]

Richards’ debut solo album A Beautiful End was released in 2009 and debuted in the Top 50 on iTunes. In 2016, Richards released his second solo album, Honore et Amore, as well as an all acoustic album of songs he wrote while in Dishwalla, Stripped.

In January 2011, Richards created the 20k Watts project along with Leo and Ryan Rossi. 20k Watts is an Artist Eco Alliance which aims to bring sustainable clean energy to developing communities in need. To empower communities in impoverished areas using the sun, wind, and battery for storing and supplying electricity and enhancing the current and future quality of life. In 2013, the city of Los Angeles awarded Richards a proclamation for dedication to enhancing the lives of families in extreme poverty for his work in El Salvador with 20k Watts (details below).

Richards has been producing since the 1990s and, along with Dishwalla, has gone on to produce other artists including Dom AD, Amy Grant and the British band BritRoyal. He also produced his solo albums as well as songs for the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, in 2012 and Criminal Minds, in 2013. In 2013, he wrote, produced and performed songs (including the theme song "White Light"), for TV series SAF3 airing in United States in September 2013. He has appeared in the films Almost Anything[3], 2:13[4] and Morning[5] (which he also scored).

Richards is currently a featured producer for Reid Richards Production, a music and film production company founded by his wife, Min Reid-Richards, in 2010. Reid Richards Productions also specializes in high-end music video production.

Personal life[edit]

Richards is married to British director and producer Min Reid-Richards. The couple have four children.


  1. ^ SongLyrics.com, Dishwalla - "Give", Songwriters: ...John Robert Richards
  2. ^ a b California Births, 1905 - 1995, John R. Richards (Birth Date: 04/30/1967, County of Birth: Santa Barbara)
  3. ^ "Almost Anything (2001) Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  4. ^ "2:13 (2009) Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Morning (2001) Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 2017-11-14. 

J.R. Richards Credits [1]

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