John Robert "J. R." Richards (born April 30, 1967) is the original lead singer/songwriter for alternative rock band Dishwalla. J.R. is now working as a Music Producer - Singer - Songwriter and is the Co-Founder of Music & Film Production Company Reid Richards Productions. He has appeared in the films Almost Anything, 2:13 and Morning (which he also scored) and he guest starred on Charmedas himself. Dishwalla had a No. 1 hit in 1996 & 1997 with the Richards-penned Counting Blue Cars, famous for its "Tell me all your thoughts on God, 'cause I'd really like to meet Her" lyrics. J.R won a Billboard Music Award for Top Mainstream Rock Track of the Year. In addition to this he won two ASCAP Awards for both having the Most Performed Song of The Year. In 2013 The City of Los Angeles awarded J.R. a Proclamation for Dedication to Enhancing Lives of Families Living in Extreme Poverty for his work in El Salvador with 20k Watts (details below).
Dishwalla produced four other albums with J.R. Richards as lead singer and main songwriter, including the 2002 hit, "Opaline". J.R left the band officially in 2008 but had played his last show with Dishwalla in 2005. Dishwalla has yet to release a record under the Dishwalla moniker since J.R. Richards left. He has four children and is married to British Director / Producer Min Reid-Richards.
His debut solo album A Beautiful End was released in 2009, and debuted in the Top 50 on iTunes worldwide. J.R. is currently recording a new album due for release in Fall 2014.
In January 2011, J.R. created the 20k Watts project along with Leo and Ryan Rossi. 20k Watts is an Artist Eco Alliance which aims to bring sustainable clean energy to developing communities in need. To empower communities in impoverished areas using the sun, wind, and battery for storing and supplying electricity and enhancing the current and future quality of life.
J.R. has been producing since the 90's and along with Dishwalla has gone on to produce other artists: Dom AD / Amy Grant/ BritRoyal and Vanaka amongst others, as well as his own Solo Record in 2009 and upcoming new release in Fall 2014. J.R. produce British group 'Britroyal's Debut EP (along with producer Mikal Blue) and recently attended the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, England. J.R. has just finished producing an album for 'Vanaka'. He is also writing, producing and performing songs (including the theme song "White Light"), for a newly released TV series SAF3 airing in United States in September 2013. J.R. co-wrote 'Precious Stone' with Jason Koiter for Criminal Minds in December 2013.
J.R is co-founder of Reid Richards Production (a Music & Film Production company) along with his wife, Min Reid-Richards in California, USA. Reid Richards Productions also specializes in high end Music Video production.
AWARDS: R&R No. 1 Record of the Year 1996. R&R No. 1 Top 50 Active Rock Chart 5 Weeks in a row. R&R No. 1 Top 50 Alternative Rock Chart 2 Weeks in a row. R&R No. 1 Top 50 Rock Chart 2 Weeks in a row. R&R Top 5 Hot AC Chart. Billboard Award for ROCK TRACK OF THE YEAR 1997. Billboard No. 1 Heatseeker Album Track. Billboard No. 1 Modern Rock Track. Billboard No. 4 Top 40 Mainstream Track. Billboard No. 5 Hot AC Track. Billboard No. 15 Hot 100 Track. RIAA Certified Gold Records - Pet Your Friends. ASCAP Pop Music Award 1997. ASCAP Pop Music Award 1998. City of Los Angeles Proclamation for Dedication to Enhancing Lives of Families living in Extreme Poverty 2013.
MUSIC PLACEMENT: Criminal Minds, how i met your mother, SAF3, One Tree Hill (TV Series), Smallville, Charmed, American Pie, The Avengers, Back to the Future, Stir of Echos,The Banger Sisters, NCIS.