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Kevin Richardson

Background information
Birth name Kevin Richardson
Born October 3, 1971 (1971-10-03) (age 38) Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Origin American
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, model, actor
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1993-present
Labels Jive
Associated acts Backstreet Boys, Krystal Harris

Kevin Scott Richardson (born October 3, 1971[1]) is an American singer and a former member of the Backstreet Boys, model, actor, and composer. He was the oldest member of the band during his tenure.





Back in his younger years, he was a chess club member and acted in school plays such as "Bye, Bye Birdie" at Estill County High School in Kentucky. He was also a football quarterback. He used to play the role of "Aladdin" and one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Disney World, where he also met his wife Kristin Richardson who was playing "Belle" in "Beauty and the Beast". He worked at Disney World until he joined the Backstreet Boys in 1993. Later that year, Brian Littrell, who is Richardson's maternal first cousin, joined the group. After the joining of Littrell, the quintet officially took shape. Richardson was part of the popular boy band, Backstreet Boys, until 2006, when he announced his departure. He recorded a total of five albums with the group. On his 27th birthday in 1998, he flew to London, UK to record Back to Your Heart's (from the Millennium album) instrumentals with producer Steve Lipson.

In 2002 he played the role of "Billy Flynn" in the Broadway production of Chicago. He also performed this role in London's West End as well as Toronto in November 2006 – December 2006.

In June 2006, Richardson left the Backstreet Boys to pursue other interests and "move on with the next chapter of [his] life." He issued the following statement on the band's website on June 23, 2006:

"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."[2]

The group has not ruled out a return for the singer.

On November 14, 2006, he returned to New York City with many Chicago alumni for the 10th anniversary of the show. After that 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.

During the final show of the Backstreet Boys Unbreakable Tour in 2008, Kevin rejoined the group to sing the encore.

Richardson is composing the soundtrack of a forthcoming animated movie, The Spirit Bear, which is due out in 2010.

He played the role of Cyrus in the 2009 film Love Takes Wing based on the Janette Oke book.

Personal life

Kevin Richardson was born and raised in Estill County, Kentucky. In February 2000, Richardson and Kristin Willits' engagement was announced on MTV, and they were married four months later on June 17, 2000. Their marriage was held at the Cathedral Domain Camp and Conference Center in Crystal, Kentucky. They have one son named Mason Richardson.

Modeling career

He has been a model for Versace with Ashton Kutcher.[citation needed] He also modeled for Vogue and he is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer.


  1. ^ Netter, Matt (1999). Backstreet Boys * Aaron Carter. New York: Pocket Books. p. 60. ISBN 0-671-03539-8. 
  2. ^ Backstreet Boys - the Official Site (2006). Statement to our fans from the Backstreet Boys regarding Kevin Richardson departure from the group. Retrieved June 23, 2006

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