Kevin Richardson (musician)

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Kevin Richardson
Kevin Richardson on tour.jpg
Richardson on tour, December 4, 2005
Born Kevin Scott Richardson
(1971-10-03) October 3, 1971 (age 45)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Kevin S. Richardson
Occupation Singer, songwriter, model, actor, composer
Years active 1993–present
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Spouse(s) Kristin Richardson (m. 2000)
Children 2
Parent(s) Ann (Littrell) and Jerald Wayne Richardson, Sr.
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Labels Jive, K-BAHN
Associated acts Backstreet Boys, Krystal Harris
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Kevin Scott Richardson (born October 3, 1971)[1] is an American singer, model, actor, and composer, best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys. Richardson was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and bandmate Brian Littrell on April 10, 2015.[2]

Early years[edit]

Kevin Scott Richardson was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Ann (Littrell) and Jerald Wayne Richardson, Sr.[3] He is the youngest of three boys, and is a first cousin of fellow Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell. He has been singing in church choir since he was a child and he started acting in high school.[4]

As a youth, he was a chess club member and acted in school plays such as "Bye, Bye Birdie" at his school in Kentucky, Estill County High School. He was also a football captain.[5]

In Florida, he worked as a cast member in Walt Disney World. He was a backstage tour guide and costume characters, most notably as Aladdin and one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There he also met his future wife Kristin Willits, who was playing the character of Belle from "Beauty and the Beast." He worked at Walt Disney World until he joined the Backstreet Boys in 1993.


Backstreet Boys[edit]

Main article: Backstreet Boys

In 1993, Richardson joined a new group called Backstreet Boys. After he joined, the group was still looking for one more member so Richardson called Brian Littrell, who was Richardson's maternal first cousin, to ask him to audition for the group. Littrell was immediately accepted, and the next day he joined the group. After Littrell joined, the quintet took shape.

Richardson was part of the group until 2006, when he announced his departure to pursue other interests and "move on with the next chapter of [his] life." He recorded five albums with the group in the span of 13 years. On June 23, 2006 he issued the following statement on the band's website:

After 13 years of what can only be described as a dream come true, I have decided that it is time to leave the Backstreet Boys. It was a very tough decision for me but one that was necessary in order to move on with the next chapter of my life. Howard, Brian, Alex and Nick will always be my little brothers and have my utmost love and support. I would like to thank the Backstreet fans for all the beautiful memories we have shared together and look forward to including you in the next phase of my life. I wish my brothers continued success and look forward to their new album.[6]

On November 23, 2008, for the first time after he left, Richardson rejoined his former bandmates on stage in Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles. He performed the encore, "Shape of My Heart" with the group.[7][8]

The Backstreet Boys, including Richardson, appeared on the November 4, 2010, episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Richardson first appeared in a pre-taped segment in which they surprised a fan who thought she was merely being flown in to participate in a "Backstreet Boys' Biggest Fan" contest. Moments later, Richardson joined the group in the show's studio and performed "I Want It That Way" live with them.[9]

On July 1, 2011, Richardson again joined the Backstreet Boys on stage at Staples Center, Los Angeles, as part of the NKOTBSB Tour. He sang "I Want It That Way" with the group and the mash up at the end of the show along with NKOTB members.[10]

On the October 25, 2011, episode of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Richardson stated that he was going to be at a Backstreet Boys beach party in Nassau, Bahamas, on December 3, 2011. The party is part of the group's second annual cruise. In addition to being in the party, Richardson performed several songs with the group on the boat in the evening. In the announcement, he also stated that he would love to perform with the group again on a more regular basis.[11]

On April 29, 2012, during a live show in London, Backstreet Boys confirmed that Richardson was back permanently with the group and would be recording a new album with them in July 2012.[12] Richardson also appeared along with the group on Good Morning America on July 17, 2012, announcing his return, their new album, and their first performance as a five-piece group since 2006 at the morning show's Summer Concert Series on August 31, 2012.[13] It was also his first TV appearance with the group since he returned. Regarding his return, Richardson gave the following statement: "Being back with my brothers again feels great. I love these guys. We have gone through so much together. We just have a chemistry... a bond that will always be."[14]

In an interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest on July 24, 2012, Richardson explained that he came back to the group because he realized how much joy singing and music gives him. He mentioned that the Christmas concert he did in December 2011 helped him rediscover his love of music and how much he missed it.[15]

In July 2016, the Backstreet Boys reunited and performed on ABC's Greatest Hits.[16]

Solo career[edit]

In 2003, Richardson composed the soundtrack of an animated movie, The Spirit Bear, which was due out in 2010.[17]

On December 18, 2011, he headlined a Christmas concert titled "Home for the Holidays" with Rob Gonzalez. The concert was hosted by Montage Beverly Hills luxury hotel and it benefited the Angeles Clinic Foundation of Los Angeles.[18]

In 2012, Richardson began working on his first solo album. The album will include songs that have influenced him over the years. The album was supposed to be released in 2012[19] but delayed as he returned as an active member of the Backstreet Boys the same year.

Modeling career[edit]

He has been a model for Versace.[20] He also modeled for Vogue and is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer.

Acting career[edit]

Along with the rest of the Backstreet Boys, Richardson has made appearances on Arthur, Sesame Street, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and This Is the End.

In 2003, during Backstreet Boys' hiatus, Richardson played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago.[21] and in 2003, he made an appearance on Punk'd where he got punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.

On November 14, 2006, several months after he left the Backstreet Boys, he returned to New York City with many Chicago alumni for the 10th anniversary of the show.[22] From late November to December 3, 2006 Richardson played the role of Billy Flynn in Toronto, and from February 4 to March 4, 2007, he played the role in Japan. He also returned to Japan to play the role in late September and early October 2009.

Richardson starred in his first TV movie in the 2009 Christian drama Love Takes Wing, based on a book by Janette Oke. He played the role of Cyrus.[23]

In 2010, Richardson starred in The Bloody Indulgent, a vampire themed musical film.[24] In the same year he also starred opposite Susan Traylor, Daniela Sea, Pleasant Gehman, Garrett Swann and Michael Maize in Steve Balderson's feature film drama The Casserole Club.[25] Richardson received an Independent Vision Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Casserole Club at Vision Fest in New York City in 2011.[26][27]

Also in 2011, he starred in a short film, Unwound.[28] It is an entry for Producers Guild of America premiere Weekend Shorts Event contest to benefit the Debra Hill Foundation. The film only took 51 hours from script to final cut.[29]

In 2013, Richardson and the other Backstreet Boys appeared as fictional version of themselves in the comedy film This Is The End.[30]

In 2016, Richardson starred in If I Could Tell You, a short movie about infertility, where he also talked about his struggle in having children.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Richardson has been married to Kristin Kay Willits since 2000. Their engagement was announced on MTV in February 2000,[32] and the couple married on June 17, 2000, at Lee County's Cathedral Domain in rural eastern Kentucky. Together they have two sons: Mason was born on July 3, 2007 and Maxwell was born on July 10, 2013.[33][34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Netter, Matt (January 1999). Backstreet Boys * Aaron Carter. New York: Pocket Books. p. 60. ISBN 0-671-03539-8. 
  2. ^ Papadatos, Markos (April 12, 2015). "Backstreet Boys members inducted into Kentucky Music Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Richardson Biography". Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kevin Richardsons Interview by Chet Cooper". Ability Magazine. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kevin Richardson: Sexiest Pop Star". People. 52 (19). November 15, 1999. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Statement to our fans from the Backstreet Boys regarding Kevin Richardson departure from the group". Backstreet Boys. June 23, 2006. Archived from the original on June 25, 2006. 
  7. ^ "All Five 'Backstreet Boys' Reunite in L.A.". November 27, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Backstreet Boys -- All Five Of Them -- Reunite Onstage In L.A.". MTV. November 24, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Backstreet Boys Reunite". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Kevin Richardson joins Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block in Los Angeles". Pop2it - Zap2it. July 2, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kevin Richardson On Appearing With The Backstreet Boys Again [AUDIO]". October 25, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ Hilton, Perez (April 29, 2012). "BACKSTREET'S BACK! Kevin Richardson Announces Return To Backstreet Boys PERMANENTLY!". Perez Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kevin Richardson will rejoin The Backstreet Boys during special Central Park concert on 'GMA'". Washington Post. July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "All Five Original Backstreet Boys Prep New Album". Rolling Stone. July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "*LISTEN* AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson Call Ryan". Ryan Seacrest Productions. July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Watch Greatest Hits TV Show". ABC. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Movies". The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ Frederick, Brittany (December 8, 2011). "News Celebs TV Movies Music Photos Contests Video Q&A: Rob Gonzalez & Kevin Richardson Come 'Home' For Cancer Benefit". StarPulse. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Backstreet Boy Richardson will juggle return to group with acting career". Kentucky. 
  20. ^ "D'ORA Versace". Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Backstreet to Broadway: Richardson Is Billy Flynn Beginning Jan. 20". January 20, 2003. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Kevin Richardson joins Chicago anniversary show". Monsters and Critics. October 6, 2006. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Haylie Duff's "Love Takes Wing"". February 3, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Kevin Richardson to Reunite with the Backtreet Boys". Yahoo! Music. 
  25. ^ "The Casserole Club". Raindance Film Festival. 
  26. ^ "CASSEROLE CLUB dishes out new Independent Vision Awards record and walks off with 5 wins – including Outstanding Production & Direction!" (Press release). Domani Vision Film Society. June 27, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  27. ^ "CASSEROLE CLUB dishes out new Independent Vision Awards record and walks off with 5 wins – including Outstanding Production & Direction!". Film Festival Today. June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Unwound". November 22, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  29. ^ ""Bearly There" – working title – Indiegogo". Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Evan Goldberg on how much of 'This Is The End' was improvised, his favorite moments". EW. December 3, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  31. ^ Juneau, Jen (August 8, 2016). "Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson Says Infertility Issues Made Him Think Another Baby Wasn't 'in the Cards'". People. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Backstreet Weddings". People. October 26, 1998. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Kevin Richardson and wife welcome son Mason". People. July 4, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson Is Now a Father of Two!". E! Online. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 

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