R5’s Riker Lynch: Finding musical inspiration in ‘N Sync & ‘Grease Lightning’

Riker Lynch, left, talks with LSY!'s Francesca Harvey about his early musical inspirations. Looking on is his brother and R5 bandmate, Ross Lynch, who's also the star of Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally."(Photo by Hailey Rose Gattuso)

Riker Lynch, left, talks with LSY!’s Francesca Harvey about his early musical inspirations. Looking on is his brother and R5 bandmate, Ross Lynch, who’s also the star of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally.”
(Photo by Hailey Rose Gattuso)

Lights shining so bright you can’t even see. The crowd is jumping up and down with excitement. While you sing, you hear the loud music, played by your siblings.

This is the reality for R5, the Lynch family band that includes Ross (from the hit Disney Channel show “Austin and Ally”), Riker (“Glee”), Rocky and Rydel, and their good friend Ellington Ratliff.

During our Live! Starring … You! interview with R5, we talked about when they realized their love for music.

“Since day one!” Ross chimed in.

Music excited the Lynch kids even when they were little. Riker, the oldest, told us about his fascinations with some famous legends.

“I started out imitating Elvis, Michael Jackson, ‘N Sync,” he said. “(They were) my big inspirations, and the movie Grease too.”

Here’s a fun fact: As children, the band members had little toy cars. Well, they weren’t your stereotypical Matchbox cars. These were ones that the Lynch kids actually rode in! They would climb and stand on top of the cars, just like John Travolta and the rest of the actors in “Grease”!

They loved acting out different numbers of their musical heroes.

“When ‘N Sync came out, I got their live VHS (tape),” Riker said. “I learned every (move) and had these guys do it with me.”

Even your favorite band has childhood idols. You can find your passion through those who inspire you the most. R5 did!

— Francesca Harvey, LSY! editor, Mount St. Mary Academy

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