- 1 Who is Kevin Scott Richardson?
- 2 All Truth of Kevin Scott Richardson-Age, Childhood, and Education
- 3 Career Beginnings
- 4 Backstreet Boys
- 5 Other Projects
- 6 Kevin Richardson Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
- 7 Kevin Richardson Personal Life, Marriage, Children, Philanthropy
- 8 Kevin Scott Richardson Facts, Influence
Who is Kevin Scott Richardson?
Kevin Scott Richardson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and model, who became famous as a member of the boy band Backstreet Boys, alongside AJ McLean, Howie Dorogu, Nick Carter, and Brian Littrell, who is Kevin’s half-brother. He has wandered out of the band a few times, but has been a constant member since 2012. During his time away from the band, Kevin worked on his solo projects.
All Truth of Kevin Scott Richardson-Age, Childhood, and Education
Kevin Scott Richardson was born on October 3, 1971, in Lexington, Kentucky, the youngest of three siblings born to parents Jerald Wayne Richardson, Sr. and his wife Ann C. (nee Littrell); his mother is Brian Littrell’s mother.
He spent his first nine years of life on a 10-acre farm before he moved to Cathedral Domain Camp, which is a church-owned youth camp operated by his father. He was the camp counselor, and participated in the camp talent show for the next nine years. It was there that he met Keith McGuffey, now best known as Trey D, a singer and composer.
Growing up he was an outdoor kid, riding horses at the young age of four. Also, he would ride dirt bikes, captaining the bike team Estill Engineers. Another love was music, and when he was nine years old he started playing piano by ear, though even before that, he was a member of the church’s choir.
Gradually he was improving, and joined the wedding band Paradise. He displayed an interest in other performing arts and joined the drama club in high school. In addition, Kevin entered several talent shows, and performed in school plays, including “Bye Bye Birdie”, among others. He matriculated from Estill County High School.
Before he joined the Backstreet Boys, Kevin struggled to get his career going. He was dwelling on a decision between joined the US Air Force in order to join the Air Force band, and a chance to attend the New York American Music and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. After a talk with his father, Kevin flew to Orlando, Florida with his best friend Jimmy, and started his career as a model and musician.
Gradually, he started earning from his other talents, including writing music, performing live at dinner clubs, as a dance instructor, and as an extra in films.
After a while, he joined Walt Disney World, where he played various characters, including Aladdin, Prince Eric, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tigger, and Sebastian the Crab in the Little Mermaid show. As his was career was developing he had more opportunities to prove himself, and appeared in musicals, but was then forced to return home as his father’s health worsened.
Diagnosed with colon cancer, his father died in August 1991, and Kevin spent another year in Kentucky before returning to Orlando, this time with his mother’s encouragement.
There he got a part in a musical, and then in 1993 he learned about the Backstreet Boys audition, and after his first appearance was brought into the group. Soon after, his half-brother Brian was invited to join the group, and Backstreet Boys were ready to storm the world.
In his first stint, Kevin was in the band until 2006, during which time he worked on the band’s five albums. They began performing in 1993, and in 1994 they started recording their first song, which was done in January 1995 with the help of Max Martin and Denniz PoP.
Although the song was only a minor success in the US, it became a hit in Europe and they went on a summer tour there. Their debut self-titled album came out in 1996, and topped the charts in Australia, Austria and Switzerland, and achieved platinum status in countries around the world with 10 million copies sold worldwide.
They continued to improve with their following albums, “Backstreet’s Back” (1997), “Millennium” (1999) – their most successful album, topping charts in several countries, including USA, UK, Austria, Canada, and others – then “Black & Blue” (2000), and “Never Gone” (2005). For the next two albums Kevin was out of the band, but returned in 2012 for the album “In a World Like This”, released in 2013.
Their most recent release is the 2019 album “DNA”, which became their third album to top the Billboard 200 chart.
In addition to music, Kevin has also made a name as an actor and model; in his career, he has collaborated with Versace, and modeled for Vogue, while he has been serving as a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer.
He is known for his performance in the play “Chicago” as Billy Flynn; the particular play has become very popular, and after the Broadway production, he toured with the play in 2003 throughout the US, and returned in 2006 and with the rest of the cast to perform in Japan and Canada.
— Kevin Richardson (@kevinrichardson) April 24, 2020
He has also featured on screen in such projects as the television movie “Love Takes Wing” (2009), and in 2011 he starred in the drama film “The Casserole Club”. Three years later, he starred in the horror-comedy musical “The Bloody Indulgent”, and the sequel “Vampire Burt’s Serenade” is scheduled for release later in 2020.
Kevin Richardson Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Kevin Richardson is a successful multi-talented artist who has earned a name for himself in show business, so his wealth has steadily increased. According to sources, his net worth is estimated at $40 million, as of early 2020.
Kevin stands at 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, while he weighs 172lbs ~ 78kgs. He has black hair, and his eyes are gray.
Kevin Richardson Personal Life, Marriage, Children, Philanthropy
Since 2000 Kevin has been married to Kristin Kay Willits, an actress, dancer, model, and photographer; the couple met for the first time when they both worked at Disney World. Their wedding ceremony was held on the 17th June 2000 at the Cathedral Domain Camp and Conference Center in Kentucky, a rural area of Lee County.
The couple has since welcomed two sons, born in 2007 and 2013. In 2016, Kevin released the short film “If I Could Tell You”, which shows his and his wife’s struggle with infertility.
Back in 2001, Kevin started the JWR humanitarian foundation in honor of his father, Jerald Wayne Richardson; the organization focused on providing education on the environment and its effect on Earth’s health. However, it has been many years since he was involved in any of the humanitarian events, and the foundation has been closed.
Kevin Scott Richardson Facts, Influence
Kevin is the oldest member of the Backstreet Boys, and in the beginning he was acting as the other member’s older brother. He is also known for his nickname ‘Train’, which he got when he played in the high school football team and would run through guys like a train. Kevin is also a chess player, and was quite good when in high school. Also while in high school, Kevin was voted as the “Most Popular”, “Best Dressed”, “Best Dancer”, “Best Look”, and “Best Looking”.
With the success of Backstreet Boys, Kevin has become a very influential person and he now has more than 800,000 followers on his official Instagram page.