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NightRunners are an American pop band based in Miami, comprising Richard Mason and Laz.

The X Factor U.S. Season 1[]

The NightRunners auditioned for Simon Cowell's reality singing show in May 2011 under the name Illusion Confusion [1] with an original cover medley of Drake's "Find Your Love" & Alicia Keys "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" which was arranged & produced by Richard Mason.[2] They finished eighth in the group category for the first series of the American televised singing competition The X Factor USA.[3] During the group's time on the show, they were mentored by Pharrell Williams, Paula Abdul, Savan Kotecha (vocal coach), Claude Kelly (vocal coach) and Brian Friedman (choreographer).[4]

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Richard Mason w/ model Lilly Sanders in the "Single" Music Video


During the group's hiatus from reality television, they began recording a 4-song EP but it was their debut promotional release, "Single" that generated a quick online interest. A music video, directed by Michael Tang[5] [6]for "Single" was released on June 2013.[7] From 2013 through 2014, the NightRunners focused on public appearances by performing twice for the 2012 & 2013 NBA Championship team the Miami Heat;[8] as well as having a feature story on FOX Deco Drive, WBM,[9] Dance Music Buzz [10] and a sit down interview with CNN.[11] In 2016, the pop duo disbanded to pursue other endeavors.

NightRunners EP and present[]

The NightRunners debut self-titled EP was released in 2015 featuring their song "Single".[12] Their song "Single" was also featured on MTV's Artists.[13]


Extended plays[]

  • NightRunners (2015)



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  2. X Factor Audition. IdolForums. Retrieved on September 25, 2011.
  3. IMDB. IMDB. Retrieved on December 14, 2011.
  4. Illusion Confusion. FOX. Retrieved on October 11, 2011.
  5. Michael Tang. Octopus Studios. Retrieved on August 11, 2013.
  6. IMVDB. IMVDB. Retrieved on August 30, 2014.
  7. PlayBuzz. PlayBuzz. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.
  8. Songkick. Songkick. Retrieved on November 22, 2013.
  9. WBM. WBM. Retrieved on July 11, 2013.
  10. Dance Music Buzz. Dance Music Buzz. Retrieved on August 7, 2014.
  11. Miami Heat Performance. NBA. Retrieved on December 6, 2013.
  12. Jawoco Celebrity Magazine. Jawoco. Retrieved on August 9, 2014.
  13. MTV Artists. MTV. Retrieved on June 23, 2013.
  14. MusicBrainz. Retrieved on August 30, 2014.