KEVIN RICHARDSON Biography - Musicians


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Name: Kevin Richardson                                                               
Birth name: Kevin Scott Richardson                                                   
Born: 3 October 1971 Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.                                       
Kevin Scott Richardson (born October 3, 1971) is an American singer and             
former member of the Backstreet Boys.                                               
Back in his younger years, he was a choir 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 Kay Willits who was     
playing "Belle" in "Beauty and the Beast") until he joined the Backstreet Boys       
in 1993. Kevin and Kristin (now Kristin Richardson) were married on June 17,         
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."                             
Richardson is composing the soundtrack of a forthcoming animated movie, The         
Spirit Bear, which is due out in 2007.                                               
On November 14, 2006, he came back to New York City with many Chicago Alumni for     
the 10th Anniversary for Chicago. After that from late November 2006 - December     
3, 2006 he went to Toronto to play Billy Flynn. From February 4, 2007 - March 4,     
2007 he went to do Chicago in Japan, for the first time.