Lyndon Stephens - Northern Ireland artist manager and music promoter
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with great sadness of the death of local artist manager, record label boss, booker and music promoter, Lyndon Stephens, who died this morning following an illness, at the age of fifty-two.
Lyndon Stephens was a high-profile artist manager, representing internationally-renowned singer-songwriters from Northern Ireland, including Ciaran Lavery, PORTS, Ryan Vail, Joshua Burnside and Malojian. In 2010 he launched the record label, Champion Sound Recordings, and the following year founded Champion Sound Music, an award-winning artist development and career management service based at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast. He sat on the board of the Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission, was a member of Belfast City Council’s Festivals Forum and, in 2019, became Regional Ambassador for the Association of Independent Music, helping to establish a rights holder-based association of music industry professionals in Northern Ireland.
In 2014, Lyndon established his second independent label, Quiet Arch, through which he championed local emerging musical talent, releasing recordings by a wide range of artists and genre, from folk to electo pop. The label produced many successful debut records and critically-acclaimed albums, such as ‘Ephrata’ by Joshua Burnside’s and ‘Let Bad In’ by Ciaran Lavery, both of which won the Northern Ireland Music Prize.
With the support of the Arts Council, he represented artists at the world’s largest music industry events, including Womex, the Folk Alliance in Kansas and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Attending such events, he was, in addition to promoting the careers of individual musicians, a key player in wider strategical moves to raise Northern Ireland’s reputation internationally as a source of outstanding musical talent.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, paid tribute:
“Lyndon was always a great ambassador for musical talent and creativity from Northern Ireland. He was one of the people at the centre of the music scene, helping to shape the musical landscape here and building up its reputation internationally. He was passionate about encouraging emerging talent and ensuring that local artists have the professional support they need to develop their careers to the next level. It was my pleasure to work with him at a number of international music industry events and I know how much his support meant to so many of our up-and-coming, and, with his help now established, singer-songwriters. Lyndon was simply part of the music fabric of Northern Ireland. He will be truly missed.”
Those wishing to celebrate Lyndon’s life are welcome to attend Roselawn crematorium on Wednesday 15th January at 5pm. Family flowers or donations to the Marie Curie hospice are welcomed.