POLK BEATS

Winter Haven Brothers Form Gospel Group Richardson 5


The Richardson 5 of Winter Haven is made up of, from left, Robert, Qornelious, Octaveous, Rashon and Johnathan.

MATT REINSTETLE/THE LEDGER
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:51 p.m.

They look like five ordinary boys, but just wait until they open their mouths.

When these boys start singing, it'll stop you dead in your tracks.

These brothers perform under the name Richardson 5, a Winter Haven-based gospel vocal group that has performed at churches around the Winter Haven area.

The Richardson 5 consists of Octaveous, 11; Robert 12, Johnathan 10; Rashon 6; and Qornelious, 8.

The brothers have been singing together for the last five years. Their singing ability was discovered by their father, Robert Richardson. He started to sing and then asked his sons to join in, and one by one they sang along and he knew they were blessed with talent.

The Richardson 5 plays regularly at Hurst Chapel Church in Winter Haven. Word has spread, and the boys have performed at other churches in the area.

You can listen to their music on their YouTube channel "RichardsonFive."

The boys can be reached at rtarshonda@gmail.com.

Here, the Richardson 5 and their father talk more about their music.

Question:

What's it like singing with your brothers?

JOHNATHAN:

We try to help each other, and our dad will try to push us by saying, "Oh, he can sing better than you" to push me to start working harder. So it's actually fun to work with my brothers.

QORNELIOUS:

It's wonderful because I get to teach my brothers more things and how to keep your voice right and make it powerful.

Question:

As a parent, what was the decision behind having them sing gospel?

THE ELDER ROBERT:

It solely wasn't my decision, they actually wanted to stay gospel. Honestly if it were up to me, I would have had them switch over to R&B. They wanted to do gospel and when they wanted to do it, that was it.

Do you know a band or singer who would make a good "Polk Beats" subject? Contact matt.reinstetle@theledger.com or 802-7533.

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