Ruth Lyon is singer-songwriter who makes a unique brand of ‘baroque-pop’, sweeping from self-questioning piano ballads and lush string arrangements, to hands-in-the-air indie bangers.
Ruth Lyon is a singer-songwriter of intense honesty and an impulse to say it how it is. Making a unique brand of ‘baroque-pop’ she bares her soul with courage and conviction – full of stark self-reflection but also a knowing nod to the absurdity of life.
In 2020 Ruth cemented herself as one of the North East’s most important voices, when Sage Gateshead named her Artist-in-Residence. Over the course of the year, despite being thrown into turmoil by the pandemic, Ruth released two singles, the evocative “Sink or Swim” and “Somebody Else”, for which she received the PRS Women Make Music award and was named as one of BBC Introducing’s hot tips for 2021 and was invited to perform at the prestigious Latitude Festival 2021.
Lyon released her debut EP “Nothing’s Perfect” in October 2021, which has been championed by BBC Introducing across the UK and Spotify Editorial. Co-producing with Rhiannon Mair (Laura Marling, Martha Hill) and Cameron Craig (Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua) Ruth explores her different identities – from the louche rock star, to the bittersweet poet, looking her place in the world. Classically trained but with an eye for the catchy chorus and bright, pop melodies, Ruth sweeps from self-questioning piano ballads and lush string arrangements, to hands-in-the-air indie bangers.
As a wheelchair user, Ruth also advocates on behalf of charities and organisations. She is an artist ambassador for Attitude Is Everything, a national charity that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music and she is an ambassador for Featured Artist Coalition – a non profit trade body that advocates on behalf of artists, and lobbies governments both domestically and abroad. Over the last year she has appeared on industry panels, parliamentary committees and international festivals, representing a voice of diversity and inclusion as the industry re-builds itself.