Source: A&R Worldwide Newsletter
A&R Worldwide congratulates its longtime friend and colleague, London–based artist manager Colin Lester who was recently made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List. Lester, who is the Founder & CEO of JEM Artists, has received this honor in recognition of his services to the music industry and to charity. His career began as a musician in the late 70’s before making the move into artist management. In 1994, he launched Wildlife Entertainment, which represented acts such as The Brand New Heavies, Travis and the Arctic Monkeys before launching a label, Wildstar Records, which released Craig David’s debut album Born to Do It and achieved sales in excess of 13 million copies.
In 2008, he launched CLM Entertainment and in 2010, became CEO of Twenty First Artists. JEM Artists was launched in 2015 and represents a roster of internationally successful artists, songwriters and producers. In recognition of his achievements, he has also been awarded The Peter Grant Award for Outstanding Achievement from the MMF and is also a recipient of the Gold Badge Award by BASCA. He is also Fellow of Southampton Solent University, where he lectures on Music Management.
Craig David, who Lester has represented for over two decades, was also honored in this year’s list with an MBE for services to British music.