Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs)
English singer-songwriter, and the frontman of five-piece band Kaiser Chiefs Charles Richard “Ricky” Wilson was born 17 January 1978 in Keighley, West Yorkshire, He attended Leeds Grammar School after Ghyll Royd primary school, and later attended Leeds Metropolitan University and completed his BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Arts and Design in 2000. He then taught at Leeds College of Art for a year.
Before the formation of the band, in 2003, Wilson was a member of the band Runston Parva (later known as Parva), which consisted of members of Kaiser Chiefs. Kaiser Chiefs were formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming themselves Kaiser Chiefs. Since their formation the band consists of lead vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew “Whitey” White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick “Peanut” Baines and since 2013 drummer Vijay Mistry, who replaced founding drummer Nick Hodgson who left the band in late 2012. Primarily inspired by new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, the band have released six original studio albums: Employment (2005), Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), Off with Their Heads (2008), The Future Is Medieval (2011) and Education, Education, Education & War (2014), one EP Lap of Honour (2005), one compilation album Souvenir: The Singles 2004–2012 (2012) and numerous singles, including the number one hit song “Ruby”. Kaiser Chiefs released their newest album: Stay Together on the 7th October (2016). Their album Employment enjoyed critical and commercial success with over three million copies sold. It has won the band three Brit Awards, including the award for Best British Group, a NME award for Best Album,and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.
Their UK hit singles include 2004 and 2005 number 9 hit “I Predict a Riot”, 2007 UK number 1 hit “Ruby”, which has sold over 461,000 copies, from their platinum album “Yours Truly, Angry Mob” plus a further two Top 20 singles in 2007 with “The Angry Mob” and “Everything Is Average Nowadays”. In 2008, they had a UK number 5 hit with the Post-Punk Revival track “Never Miss a Beat”. In total the band has sold over 1.1 million singles combined up to their 5th album. Their latest top 40 single, “Coming Home” hit number 31 in 2014. Their album Education, Education, Education & War hit number one in the albums chart also in 2014.
In 2013, Wilson replaced Danny O’Donoghue as a coach on the third series on The Voice UK. alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones, and fellow new coach Kylie Minogue. During the series, Katy B appeared as Wilson’s team mentor. For the fourth series, Wilson appeared alongside Tom Jones, will.i.am and Rita Ora. was named the winning coach during the 4 April 2015 live final when Stevie McCrorie won the public vote. The following year, he again appeared alongside will.i.am with new coaches, Boy George and Paloma Faith. On 9 April 2016, he became winning coach for the second time when Kevin Simm won the fifth series. The final pitted Team Ricky against Team Ricky with both of Wilson’s acts knocking the other coaches out of the live final. The win made him the Voice UK coach with the most wins. He was the winning coach for both the fourth and fifth series of the show,being the only coach to win two years consecutively. Wilson left the show after three series,following the show’s move to ITV.
Wilson has twice been a guest on the BBC Two television show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, firstly in 2005 as a panellist and then as a guest host in 2006. He also featured on the panel of the BBC Television comedy series, Shooting Stars, in 2009. In 2008, he appeared in Peter Kay’s talent show parody, Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, in a duet with the show’s protagonist, Geraldine McQueen. Wilson had a minor role in St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, as the rock star boyfriend of Sarah Harding’s character, Roxy. Wilson stated on his Radio X show that he was cast to appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 fronting a wizard band made up of actual musicians. When the band was replaced with CGI instruments, he was invited instead to appear in a background role as Dirk Cresswell in a scene at the Ministry of Magic. Between November 2012 and January 2013, Wilson took on the role of the Artilleryman in the staged musical, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation. Wilson and Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix wrote and performed the theme tune for Zig and Zag. Wilson joined new radio station Radio X in September 2015. He currently presents the Sunday morning show from 11am–2pm. In 2015, Wilson became the host of Sky 1’s music and comedy panel show Bring the Noise. He appeared on the show opposite former The X Factor judge and the Pussy Cat Dolls singer Nicole Sherzinger, stand up comedian Joel Dommett, rapper Tinie Tempeh and comedian Katherine Ryan.However, the show was cancelled after just one series due to declining ratings.