Riker Anthony Lynch ( born November 8, 1991 ) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, dancer and is a singer and the bassist of the band R5, with his brothers Ross Lynch and Rocky Lynch, sister Rydel Lynch and family close friend, Ellington Ratliff. He is best known for being in his family band, R5.
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.
In 2007, Riker moved with his family to California to pursue a career as a young entertainer. After moving to Los Angeles, one of Riker's brothers, Rocky Lynch, began showing interest in playing the guitar; he taught himself how to play and got Rocky later taught their younger brother Ross to play guitar and taught Riker to play the bass. Rydel, who had previously learned how to play the piano, took up the instrument again, and in October 2009 the family met Ellington Ratliff at a dance studio. Learning that Ratliff could play drums they added the final member and using Ratliff's last name they completed R5.
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. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 20, 2011 under the title Glee: The Concert Movie.
|Sunday School Musical (2008)||Crossroads choir member|
|Passport to Explore||Himself (host)|
|The Fresh Beat Band||Principal Dancer|
|So You Think You Can Dance||Himself||1 episode (June 25, 2009)|
|Suicide Dolls(2010)||Hip kid|
|Zeke and Luther||Goin' Zoomin' Dancer||1 episode (2010) – "Goin' Zoomin'"|
|Glee||Jeff Sterling||11 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 Movie||Jeff Sterling||Released August 12, 2011|
|The Muppets(2011)||Town people dancer||Released November 23, 2011|
|Wedding Band||Just'a Krush Member||1 episode (2012) – "Get Down on It"|
|City of Jerks(2012)||Sketch Ball||Post-production||– School Girls|
- "Without You" – R5
- "Never" – R5
- "Can't Get Enough of You" – R5
- "Love Me" – R5 (Justin Bieber cover)
- "Ordinary Girl" (2010) – Hannah Montana
- "Marry You" (2010)-R5 (Bruno Mars cover)
- "Say You'll Stay" – R5
- "Heard It On The Radio" (2012) - Austin & Ally
- "Glee Warblers Videos" - Glee
- "Crazy 4 U!" - R5
- Ready Set Rock – EP (Removed)
- Say You'll Stay – Single
- LOUD - New EP