Who Is Teddy Richards? The Untold Truth of Aretha Franklin’s Son

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Who Is Teddy Richards? The Untold Truth of Aretha Franklin’s Son
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Teddy Richards is a multi-talented artist who has predominantly worked as a guitarist along with numerous recognized musicians. With a musical career that has spanned over two decades, Richards has worked as a singer and songwriter too. He has also released dozens of hit songs as well.

But, most of all, Teddy is better known as the son of Aretha Franklin, one of the most adored singers. His late mom Franklin, who died at 76 regarded as the “Queen” of soulful music. On the other hand, Teddy’s father was a musical manager.

Well, here are several interesting facts that you need to know about Teddy. Take a closer look!

Who was Teddy Richards’s Father? His Parents Failed Marriage

Richards is the son of Ted White, a former musical manager of Aretha. Besides, moving towards Teddy’s parents’ marriage, the ex-duo married in 1961. At the time of their nuptials, Aretha was 18-year-old. They were in a marital relationship for around eight years before things became worsen between the two. And the former flames divorced in 1969. According to sources, their marriage broke down because of their domestic violence.

Richards later started living with his mother.

What is the Cuse of His Mother’s Death?

On 16th August 2018, millions of Aretha Franklin’s fans were shocked after the sudden passing of the iconic singer at the age of 76. And a malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine was cited as the cause of the death. A number of famed personalities gathered together to say goodby to Aretha. Her memorial service was organized at New Bethel Baptist Church.

How old is Teddy? Details on His Early Life and Education

As of 2021, Teddy is aged 57 in 2021. He was born in 1964, in Detroit, Michigan. He spent a significant part of his childhood in Detroit and also attended East Detroit High School. Teddy later enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Besides, as for his nationality, Teddy is an American and has Afro-American ethnical roots.

Has Three Half-Siblings: How old was Aretha When She Had Her First Child?

Richards has three half-brothers from his mother’s two different relationships. His mom gave birth to her first child, a son, Clarence at the mere age of 12. She welcomed her second child, Edward Derone Franklin on August 31, 1957.

However, it remained a mystery for years who is the biological father of her kids. It was initially believed that Donald Burk was their biological dad. But in 2019, Aretha herself revealed in one of her handwritten wills that the father was Edward Jordan.

Teddy Richards mother
Teddy’s late mom and younger half-brother Kecalf.
Source: Instagram

Teddy’s other half-brother Kecalf Cunningham came from his mother’s previous relationship with Ken Cunningham.

Teddy Richards Musical Career

Being the son of one of the iconic singers, Teddy has followed in his mother’s footsteps. Back in 1995, Franklin, one of the late best-selling artists of all time talked about her kids’ passion for music to The Katz Tapes. She said,

“My youngest son, Kecalf is a hip-hopper. And my other son, Teddy, plays guitar. He plays in my band and he’s been doing some things lately with some musicians over in London. He sings, too, and he’s looking for his own record deal.”

Teddy also served as a backup guitarist during many of his mom’s concerts.

Talking about his love for music, Richards once said,

“I’ve evolved from a self-taught guitarist into a producer, engineer and accomplished tunesmith; I truly love music and enjoy the journey that it’s taken me on.”

The artist has released three albums including Gravity that includes several songs such as Love Will Be There, In Your Garden, Keep Our Love Alive, Panic In Detroit, and more.

Has Been an Opening Act for Several Famous Musicians and Bands

Teddy has served as an opening act for numerous well-established musicians and brands such as Seal, The Verve Pipe, Lenny Kravitz, INXS, and Fishbone. Furthermore, the artist also played guitar for Al Green and Natalie Cole at Nelson Mandela’s Freedom Fest.

Teddy Richards net worth is in millions of dollar.
Teddy, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Source: Twitter

Besides, Teddy wrote a couple of songs in collaboration with several artists like Andrew Farriss, Gabriel Gordon, and Carlos Alomar. He also performed at a couple of shows like Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, MSNBC’s Mitch Albom Show, and Food Network’s Food Nation with Bobby Flay.

Additionally, during his musical journey, Richards toured all over Germany and Spain as well.

Besides, according to his FB page, Richards now works at Hollister Co., a clothing store.

Is Teddy Richards Married? If Yes, Who is His Wife?

Teddy has kept most of his personal details behind closed doors, neither has yet to come forward with his relationship. Because of his highly secretive love life, it really becomes hard to trace out whether Teddy is married or not.

As per his Facebook page, Richards mentioned himself as a “single, ready to mingle, looking for sexy Nigerian ladies.”

His Net Worth

Richards’ estimated net worth is $1.5 million as of 2021. He mostly makes fortune from his versatility in the music world. In the meantime, his late mom Aretha had a net worth of $80 million at the time of her death.


Sagar Chand, who goes by Cannon, is a founder at celebsuburb.com. With an aim to cover the life of celebrities, he started the website in 2020 and has been continuously working as an author, editor, and administrator. He has over 6 years of work experience in the entertainment field. Further, he is also one of the Co-Founders at Pandora Group of Companies. Contact: sagarchand242@gmail.com