Stephen performing in Boyzone
From humble beginnings in 1970s Ireland, Stephen rose to fame as co-lead singer of the hugely successful boy band BOYZONE.
Throughout his short life he embraced his creative passions and learned to enjoy all the wonders that the world offered him, whilst maintaining a childlike innocence.
His sudden death in 2009 at the age of 33 caused worldwide press attention as the first of the boy band generation to pass away.
In 1998 Stephen made 3 wishes. To meet Michael Jackson, to work with Andrew Lloyd-Webber and to perform a Disney song... all of which he achieved!
BOYZONE was THE band that defined the 1990's with 5 UK #1 albums and 21 hits in the UK charts. The band won several MTV and Brit awards and an Ivor Novello. His angelic vocals brought a new dimension to the music and his 'curtains' haircut defined the youth of the time.
In 1998 the band released a track called 'No Matter What'. Written by Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber for the show Whistle Down The Wind, it became the bands biggest ever hit, their only hh in the USA (on the soundtrack of 'Notting Hill') and the #1 selling track of 1998. At the time it was the best charting song ever from a musical.
The band took a hiatus in 1999. At which point Stephen released his solo album 'New Beginning' with singles reaching #3, #11 and #13 in the UK charts. His song "I believe" was featured on the movie soundtrack of "Billy Elliot" and "Shooting Star" on the Disney produced movie Hercules (designed by Gerald Searle).
Stephen went on to performing on the West End stage, with a run as Joseph in "Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat", the Childcather in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", Dandini in "Cinderella" and the Scarecrow in "The Wizard Of Oz". He took part in season 2 of the BBC show "Dancing On Ice", and also recorded a song especially for the BBC's Radio production of Dr Who.
Throughout his life he was excited by fantasy. The band had opened Space Mountain in EuroDisney/Disneyland Paris and an annual trip to a Disney park was always his passion. Throughout the years he amassed a very large collection of animation art. Along with the Disney collection, he also collected art from Star-Trek, Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings. Towards the end of his life Stephen had been writing a fantasy novel. His book "The Tree Of Seasons" was published (posthumously) in 2010 and became a UK #1 seller for 3 weeks.
Stephen lived a short life, but one filled with love and excitement. Fantasy ran through his veins and his passion for people and excitement lit up the room.
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