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Richard Mason (born April 24, 1985), is an American journalist and singer-songwriter. He is a former member of pop music group The Night Runners, and was a finalist on the first season of "The X Factor." [1]

Early life[]

Mason was born in Miami, FL. He grew up in Hialeah, FL.


Mason graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


Mason began singing professionally at the age of 11, songwriting at the age of 14, and studying acting and guitar at age 15.

In 2011, Mason auditioned for the first season of The X Factor. Along with two other singers, he was in a group named Illusion Confusion. [2] They competed and made it to the top 8 group finals. [3] In 2012, Mason wrote a demo submission for English-Irish pop boy band One Direction (commonly initialized as 1D) titled "With You". The song received positive reviews from fans around the world and went viral on YouTube, reaching over 300,000 views. [4]


After his time on reality television, Mason and his group The Night Runners recorded a 4-song EP but it was their debut promotional release, "Single" that generated a quick online interest. The song was written & produced by Mason himself. A music video, directed by Michael Tang[5] for "Single" was released on June 2013, which featured model Lilly Sanders. The NightRunners have performed twice for the 2012 & 2013 NBA Championship team the Miami Heat; as well as having a feature story on FOX Deco Drive, and an exclusive interview with CNN. [6] In 2016, the pop duo disbanded to pursue other endeavors.


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The X Factor Himself 3 episodes


One Direction
  • "With You"
The Night Runners
  • "Single"

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  1. X Factor. Wikipedia. Retrieved on December 24, 2011.
  2. IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved on August 14, 2014.
  3. Illusion Confusion. FOX. Retrieved on October 7, 2011.
  4. OnePopz. Retrieved on August 16, 2012.
  5. Michael Tang. Octopus Studios. Retrieved on August 11, 2013.
  6. Miami Heat Performance. NBA. Retrieved on December 6, 2013.