Ray Lynch

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Ray Lynch
Background information
Born (1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 73)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Genres Adult alternative, instrumental, classical, new-age (disavowed by artist)[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Guitar, lute, keyboards
Years active 1980–1998
Labels Ray Lynch
Windham Hil
Music West
Website www.raylynch.com

Raymond "Ray" Lynch (born July 3, 1943) is an American guitarist, lutenist, keyboardist, and composer. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lynch played various instruments classically and attended the University of Texas before beginning his musical career in 1980. He produced many albums including Deep Breakfast , No Blue Thing, and Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to a musical and artistic family.[2] His mother was a classical pianist and watercolor artist. At age 6, Lynch began studying the piano until age 12, where he was inspired by the music of Andrés Segovia's classical recordings and decided to pursue a career in music. He attended both St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin, Texas and Austin High School then attended the main campus of University of Texas for one year before moving to Barcelona, Spain where he apprenticed to the classical guitar teacher, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, for three years.[2]

After leaving Spain, he returned to the University of Texas where he studied music composition. While at college Lynch was invited to New York City to join The Renaissance Quartet where he performed the classical guitar and lute for several years.[2]


In the early 1980s, Lynch began writing instrumental recordings that blended classical and electronic components into melodic soundscapes. Lynch released his first two albums, The Truth is the Only Profound and The Sky of Mind. When Lynch released Deep Breakfast in 1984, he sold over 50,000 albums out of their small apartment in San Rafael, California before licensing the music to Music West.[2] After releasing it widely under a record company, Deep Breakfast ·was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA.[3]

In 1989, No Blue Thing became Lynch's first album to hit #1 on Billboard's "Top New Age Albums" chart.[4] "No Blue Thing" was also his only album to appear on Billboard's "Top 200 Albums", peaking at #197.[5]

In 1991, Lynch sued label company "Music West" for allegedly not paying him for his work. He later left out of the label's company for owning his own mastertapes and by releasing his music on his own label, "Ray Lynch Productions"[6][7] with his wife Kathleen serving as manager.[8] After signing up with Windham Hill Records,[9] Lynch's albums were re-released on September 1992 with new album covers.[10]

Under the new record company, Lynch followed up with his fifth album, the classical Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening, in 1993. The album featured members of the San Francisco Symphony.[citation needed] Like the preceding album, it hit #1 on the "Top New Age Albums" chart.[11] Lynch's final album, Ray Lynch: Best Of, Volume One (1998) is a retrospective of his work and includes three additional tracks created for the album.[12]

Lynch was featured on Good Morning America twice in 1989, once on August 25[13] and another on October 27.[14] Lynch was also featured in the Spanish La 1 program "Música N.A." in 1991.[15]

Throughout his career, Lynch did not want his music to be classified as "New Age".[1]

Lynch's music was featured in various forms of media including the 1999 Emiko Omori documentary, "Rabbit in the Moon",[16] and the 2008 video game, Grand Theft Auto IV.

Personal life[edit]

Throughout most of his life, Lynch was married to Kathleen Lynch. Between 1993 and 1994, Lynch lived Middletown, California, next to a sanctuary established by Adi Da. Lynch gave more insight of his life after music in an interview with Don Myrma.[2]

On September 12, 2015, Lynch's house was destroyed by the Valley Fire, along with his studio, awards, and the master tapes of his music. As a result, his friend Grant Valdes Huling set up a GoFundMe page and raised over $10,000 in 23 days.[17][18]


Ray Lynch won Billboard's "Top New Age Artists" in both 1989[19] and 1990.[20] Furthermore, Lynch's album "No Blue Thing" won Billboard's "Top New Age Album".[20]



  1. ^ a b "While Elvis is rolling over". Santa Cruz Sentinel. August 5, 1994. p. 35. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Myrma, Don (May 18, 2015). "Interview: Ray Lynch". Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Jeffery, Don (February 5, 1994). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ "New Age Music: Top New Age Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Russell, Deborah (July 6, 1991). "New Age Act Ray Lynch Exits Music West In Pact Dispute" (PDF). Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Sun Sets On The Music West label; Jazz-Sampler Discovery; Couple Of Confabs" (PDF). Billboard: 45. July 18, 1992. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Court Order Restrains Music West On Lynch Titles" (PDF). October 19, 1991. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ Christman, Ed (14 November 1992). "Windham Hill". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Miller, Trudi (September 12, 1992). "Windham Hill Reissuing Lynch Catalog" (PDF). Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "New Age Music: Top New Age Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "New Age Journal". New Age Journal. 15 (2-6): 99. 1998. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 20, 1989 · Page 140". Newspapers.com. August 20, 1989. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ "The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on October 22, 1989 · Page 119". Newspapers.com. October 22, 1989. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  15. ^ Trecet, Ramón (December 20, 2015). "Ray Lynch - Musica NA 1991". Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  16. ^ Thomas, Kevin (February 26, 1999). "'Moon': An In-Depth Look at War Internment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  17. ^ Huling, Grant. "Click here to support Wildfire support for Ray Lynch by Grant Huling". GoFundMe. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  18. ^ Huling, Grant. "Wildfire support for Ray Lynch". Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Top New Age Artists" (PDF). Billboard. 101 (51): Y-46. December 23, 1989. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "The Year in Music 1990" (PDF). Billboard. 102 (51): YE-26. December 22, 1990. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 

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