Louder at the Seacrest Studio in Dallas with R5

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Four of the five members of R5 visited Children’s patients through the Red Balloon Network — (left to right) Ellington Ratliff, Rydel Lynch, Riker Lynch and Rocky Lynch.

Rocky Lynch, R5 guitarist and vocalist, talks about learning guitar and how the rest of the band learned various instruments to play live in their shows.

Rydel Lynch plays the keyboard and sings with the pop rock band R5.

Bandmates Ratliff, Rydel, Riker, and Rocky pose for a photo with Mady Walker.

Four of the fab five from R5 visited the Children’s Medical Center Seacrest Studio, Red Balloon Network, while kicking off their tour in the Big D.

The pop rock band is made up of four siblings – Rydel, Rocky, Riker and Ross Lynch – and their best friend, Ellington Ratliff. They released their debut album, Louder, in September and opened up about working with family and life in the spotlight.

The band is comprised of unique personalities and talents, including Ross who stars in the hit Disney show Austin & Ally. Rydel is the sole girl in the band, and just when you think it would be tough touring with brothers, think again. “It makes it better,” she said.  Rocky said his family is extremely close.  “Some families don’t get along that well, but we are a family that is always doing things together since we were born. So, that is just how it has always been,” he said. The group did admit to some normal sibling disagreements – like where they should eat and what movies they should see.

Ratliff may not have been born into the Lynch family; however, he is far from an outcast.  R5 needed a drummer and added Ratliff as their final member. “It feels great,” he said. “I have known these guys for years and years, so I pretty much feel like family.”

As R5 begins their tour to promote Louder, a patient in the studio audience asked what the journey will be like.

Touring is my favorite thing in the whole world. I have the most fun ever on tour,” Riker said.

Ratliff agreed. “You pretty much get to hang out with your friends all over the world and play shows for people that are cool, and that’s pretty cool,” he said.

R5 wrapped up their visit by signing autographs, taking pictures, and hanging out with some of their biggest fans. Thanks for a Loud and memorable visit.

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