Riker Lynch

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Riker Anthony Lynch

Riker Lynch performing with his family's band R5 in Whitehouse Station, N.J. on July 25, 2012
Born(1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 21)
Littleton, Colorado
OccupationSinger, actor, dancer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter
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Riker Anthony Lynch

Riker Lynch performing with his family's band R5 in Whitehouse Station, N.J. on July 25, 2012
Born(1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 21)
Littleton, Colorado
OccupationSinger, actor, dancer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter

Riker Anthony Lynch (born November 8, 1991)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and dancer. He is best known for being a singer and the bassist of the band R5 with his brothers Ross Lynch and Rocky Lynch, sister Rydel Lynch, and best friend Ellington Ratliff.


Early life

Riker was born in Littleton, Colorado. He is the oldest of five children born to Mark and Stormie Lynch. At the age of three, Riker started learning to sing and act at Colorado Productions and later began taking dance lessons. He was in singing groups that performed all around Denver, and in the summer he would act in children's versions of plays such as Peter Pan, Aladdin, Annie Get Your Gun, A Chorus Line, and Grease. Riker and his sister Rydel took piano lessons and competed as partners in dance competitions.

While living in Colorado, the Lynch children went to a performing arts school where they learned to play music and dance. They made up and put on shows for their family when some of them were as young as four or five. They formed their own family band, R5. [2] In 2008, Riker, at 16, decided that he wanted to move to L.A. to pursue an acting career. However, their parents, Stormie and Mark Lynch moved the whole family to L.A. so that they could stay together. In October 2009, the family met Ellington Ratliff at a dance studio in California, where he lived. Learning that Ellington could play drums, they added the final member, and formed the current R5.

Riker is also the cousin of dancers/singers/actors Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, and his brother Ross Lynch stars in the Disney Channel television series Austin & Ally.[2]



Riker is the bassist and one of the lead vocalists in the band R5 with his family members Rocky, Rydel, and Ross also their best friend Ratliff. R5 plays all throughout Southern California at such venues as the Orange County Fair, the San Diego Fair, San Diego Indie Fest, The Knitting Factory, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. In April 2012, R5 announced via the band's website that they had signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and that they are planning for their first club tour in May. After the tour, R5 played a numerous amount of summer shows across the US and in Canada. In September two R5 songs were released on the Austin & Ally Soundtrack. In October, Lynch announced on his twitter that R5 will have a 3MTour and an R5 East Coast Tour.


R5 released an EP titled "Ready Set Rock" on March 9, 2010 consisting of songs written primarily by Riker and his brother Rocky along with their sister Rydel, band coach E-Vega, and vocal coach / songwriter, Mauli B. The EP was also produced by E-Vega. R5 also announced during late summer of 2012 that they will be coming out with a full length album in September of 2013=.


Riker is also best known for his role as Jeff, one of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Fox's hit show Glee. He was a recurring character for the second season, appearing in eight episodes, and returned in the third season with the fifth episode, "The First Time", and again in the fourth season with the seventh episode, "Dynamic Duets" and with the eighth episode, "Thanksgiving". He also appeared as a Warbler in the 2011 edition of the Glee Live! In Concert! tour, which performed from May 21, 2011 through July 3, 2011: four weeks in the U.S. and Canada, followed by twelve days in England and Ireland. A movie was filmed of the tour concert, which includes scenes with Riker performing as Jeff: Glee: The 3D Concert Movie was released on August 12, 2011.[3] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 20, 2011 under the title Glee: The Concert Movie.[4]


Sunday School Musical (2008)Crossroads choir member
Passport to ExploreHimself (host)
The Fresh Beat BandPrincipal Dancer
So You Think You Can DanceHimself1 episode (June 25, 2009)
Suicide Dolls (2010)Hip kid
Zeke and LutherGoin' Zoomin' Dancer1 episode (2010) – "Goin' Zoomin'"
GleeJeff Sterling11 episodes (2010–present) – "Special Education", "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle", "Silly Love Songs", "Sexy", "Original Song", "Born This Way", "The First Time", "Michael" , "On My Way" , "Dynamic Duets" and "Thanksgiving"
Glee: The 3D Concert MovieJeff SterlingReleased August 12, 2011
The Muppets (2011)Town people dancerReleased November 23, 2011
Wedding BandJust'a Krush Member1 episode (2012) – "Get Down on It"
City of Jerks (2012)Sketch BallPost-production– School Girls

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