Riker, Rocky, Ratliff, Rydel, and Ross
R5 The Band
Riker Anthony Lynch
Riker is the oldest son of Mark and Stormie Lynch and was born on November 8, 1991, currently at the age of 21. He is an actor, guitarist, bassist, singer, dancer, and song writer. However in R5 Riker is a singer and bassist. Riker is also known as Jeff, a Warbler from the hit show Glee.
Rydel Mary Lynch
Rocky Mark Lynch
Ross Shor Lynch
Ellington Lee Ratliff
Ratliff's real name is Ellington, but his band mates quickly nominated him to be known as "Ratliff" so he could complete the band and still have and "R" name, thus keeping the R5 name intact. He was born on April 14, 1993. Ratliff is an actor and musician. He plays drums in the band. Ellington is an impressive SAG actor, with a long resume of TV and movie credits and has also been seen dancing with the other members of R5 on many shows, So You Think You Can Dance.
All five boys including Ryland, the youngest Lynch who is not in the band, were members of the dance team, the Rage Boyz crew on the T.V. show "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2009. Rydel has also be seen on this show with Rocky. Rydel and Riker are also dance partners.
Since the beginning of 2012, the band's popularity increased significantly due to Riker's role in the musical drama television series Glee and Ross's starring role in the music-based sitcom television series Austin and Ally. In April 2012, the band announced via their website that they signed a record deal with DMG's Hollywood Records and that they were planning their first Mini Tour in May. In Mid-2009 R5 began to make YouTube web series called "R5-TV" to "show there fans what they were ". This has proved to be a successful marketing for the band with over 4 Million views to date on the R5 TV videos alone! They continue to record it regularly.
Throught mid to 2012 R5 recorded their debut "Loud," which was relased in February 19, 2013. The EP charted in the Top 3 of the iTunes chart within 24 hours I release. One of the four songs on the EP "Here Comes Forever" written by Riker, Rocky, and Ross. Riker has been descried their debut single "Loud" as "It's like this big huge loud party."
Louder is R5's first full length debut studio album which was released on September 24, 2013 by Hollywood Records. In the beginning of this year, R5 released "Loud" as the first single from the EP Loud. The song will is also included on their debut album. The band's second single was "Pass Me By" from Louder, which entered the iTunes top 100 chart.