Rydel Lynch is an American singer, dancer and actress, best known as part of the pop rock band 'R5'. She is a founder member of the band which also includes her brothers, Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch, and her longtime boyfriend, Ellington Ratliff. She plays the keyboard and also lends her voice to many of the songs. She is the only girl among her siblings and in the band as well. She is known for her trademark smile, and claims to be girly and a tomboy at the same time. She learned to sing and dance at an early age, and was influenced by popular rock bands like 'All Time Low', 'Neon Trees' and 'The Script'. She is also an accomplished dancer who has appeared in many commercials, TV movies and short films as a dancer. As part of the band, she has embarked on five concert tours, including two worldwide tours across five continents, and two promotional tours. R5 has so far released two studio albums, 'Louder' and 'Sometime Last Night'. She is currently working on the band's third studio album.
Childhood & Early Life
Rydel Mary Lynch was born on August 9, 1993, in Littleton, Colorado, to Stormie and Mark Lynch. She is the second child of her parents and the only girl among five siblings.
She and her siblings are all musically gifted and are part of their family band, R5. Interestingly, their parents cannot play any musical instrument, even though they always played music from Bruce Springsteen, INXS and Michael Jackson, which the children grew up listening to.
She and her brothers used to put up shows in their basement for their family. They would perform NSYNC songs complete with dance moves and would charge everyone $1 as entrance money.
Following her older brother Riker, she started singing and dancing training at an early age and also learned to play the keyboard, double shaker and the tambourine. In her formative years, she was influenced by rock bands 'All Time Low', 'Neon Trees' and 'The Script'.
Her older brother Riker, at the age of 16, decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In 2008, the whole family relocated to California, which later paved the way for the younger siblings to be involved in the entertainment industry.
After moving to Los Angeles, the Lynch children started training at a dance studio called the Rage. There they met their future band-mate and drummer Ellington Ratliff, about a year before they formed the band together.
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In 2008, Rydel Lynch started her professional career as an actor and appeared in the musical film 'Sunday School Musical' as a Crossroads Choir Member. In the film, she can be seen dancing along with her older brother, Riker Lynch.
During this time, she also appeared in a number of commercials. She, with her younger brother Ross, played a short role in an ad for 'Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360'. She also appeared in a Sears commercial featuring Vanessa Hudgens.
In 2010, she appeared in the musical TV movie 'School Gyrls' as a cheerleader. Her brother Riker made a cameo appearance as himself in the movie.
She appeared in the short film 'A Day as Holly’s Kids' in 2011. She played Holly's Actual Kid 2 in the film.
In 2012, she was cast in the pilot episode of the television series 'Bunheads'. She appeared in a short role as one of the Vegas Showgirls, and was not credited for her role.
In 2015, she, along with her band R5, made a guest appearance in an episode of 'Violetta'. On the show, they performed their single 'Heart Made Up on You'.
On April 16, 2015, she appeared on the band's concert movie, 'R5: All Day, All Night', that was screened in select Regal cinemas for one night only. She revealed her relationship with fellow band member Ellington Ratliff on the documentary.
In 2009, Rydel Lynch, along with her brothers Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch, and family friend Ellington Ratliff, founded the rock band R5. Her youngest brother Ryland served as the manager for the group. They started by creating a YouTube channel, where they posted the web series, 'R5 TV', documenting their everyday lives.
The band released their first music video, 'Without You', on September 5, 2010. It was later included in their self-released five-track EP titled 'Ready Set Rock', which released on March 9, 2010.
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In April 2012, R5 signed a deal with Hollywood Records. The next month, they went on their first tour, titled the 'West Coast Tour', where she performed a cover of 'Call Me Maybe'.
The debut EP of the band, 'Loud', was released on February 19, 2013. It contained four songs, including the lead single 'Loud'. The EP reached top 3 of the iTunes chart on the day of its release.
On September 24, 2013, R5 released their debut studio album, 'Louder', which ranked number 2 on the iTunes charts. She sang the track, 'Love Me Like That', which was received with positive reviews.
R5 released their third EP, 'Heart Made Up on You', on July 22, 2014. Once again, it received praise from the critics. The EP contained four tracks including the title track, 'Heart Made Up on You', which the group has performed a number of times, including at 'We Day' and on TV series 'Violetta'.
On July 10, 2015, the band released their second full-length album, 'Sometime Last Night'. The lead single of the album, 'Smile', was released on November 14, 2014, and was performed live later that month at the 'American Music Awards' pre-show and in 'Good Morning America'. The album contains the song 'Lightning Strikes', sung by Rydel Lynch.
The album 'Sometime Last Night' is so far the highest selling album of the band R5. It debuted at number 6 on the 'Billboard 200' chart and ranked No. 1 on 'Billboard Top Pop Albums' chart.
Awards & Achievements
In 2013, Rydel Lynch, along with her band, won Radio Disney's 'Next Big Thing' award. The same year, they were also nominated for 'Radio Disney Music Awards' in the category 'Best Acoustic Performance' for the song 'Loud'.
In 2014, they won two awards in the 'Radio Disney Music Awards'. They won the special award 'Radio Disney Showstopper' and the 'Best Band' award.
Personal Life & Legacy
Rydel Lynch had a crush on Ellington Ratliff since they first met. They started dating in 2013, but kept the relationship a secret till 2015. However, her brother Ross had long before suspected that they might be in a relationship.
She is a second cousin of professional dancers Derek Hough and Julianne Hough. Their grandmothers are sisters.
Rydel Lynch used to teach dancing in the past, and would have been a choreographer if she were not a singer or an actress. However, she prefers singing to acting.