|Birth name||Conor Paul Maynard|
21 November 1992 |
Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
|Genres||Pop, synthpop, dance-pop|
|Associated acts||Ne-Yo, Rita Ora, Wiley|
Conor Paul Maynard (born 21 November 1992) is an English singer-songwriter and child actor from Brighton & Hove who is signed to EMI subsidiary, Parlophone. Maynard rose to success in 2012 when he was nominated for, and subsequently won, MTV's Brand New for 2012 award. His debut single, "Can't Say No", was released in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2012.
1992–2011: Early life and career
Conor Maynard was born in Brighton, England, to Gary and Helen Maynard, a builder and office worker, respectively. He has a younger brother, Jack, and a younger sister, Anna. As of October 2014, Jack is a presenter of Made in Bristol, a project from Bristol Media that launched in Bristol, UK. Anna has appeared in some of Conor's covers on YouTube, including "Run" and "If I Were A Girl". He attended Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove. On 19 May 2006, he signed up to online video-sharing website YouTube and uploaded his very first video of him singing "Breathe", by fellow British musician Lee Carr.
Since 2009, Maynard has uploaded cover versions of songs with rapper and close friend, Anthony "Anth" Melo, who resides in Virginia. Together they have covered a variety of songs, including: Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Rihanna ("Only Girl (In the World)"). Maynard came to label attention when American singer/songwriter Ne-Yo watched a cover version of his track "Beautiful Monster" – who contacted the musician soon afterwards, and Ne-Yo became Maynard's mentor. He signed to EMI/Parlophone and Turn First management.
Turn First were responsible for developing the artist. CEO Sarah Stennett told HitQuarters that rather than telling him what songs to sing, they guided him through the songwriting process, finding what music he was listening to and what was inspiring him, and then matched him up with producers The Invisible Men and songwriter Sophie Stern. These sessions eventually resulted in first single "Can't Say No". Stennett described the song as "a tastemaker track. It sounded like something he was listening to, which was urban radio."
In November 2011, Maynard received a nomination for MTV's Brand New for 2012 award, competing alongside Delilah, Michael Kiwanuka, Lana Del Rey and Lianne La Havas. It was announced on 31 January 2012 that Maynard had been crowned winner of the award, having received approximately 48% of the public vote. February 2012 saw the reveal that Maynard had been signed to label EMI subsidiary, Parlophone in late 2011 and that work would begin in the coming months on his debut studio album, Contrast. He released the music video for his debut single "Can't Say No" on 1 March 2012, which by September 2012 had already surpassed fourteen million views.
The single was met with positive reviews, with Lewis Corner (of Digital Spy) describing it as "playful, fun and immediately leaves you wanting another go", while others compared Maynard to Canadian singer Justin Bieber. Maynard largely disputed this comparison, stating "I'm not like Justin Bieber", but allowed that both gained popularity from being young and from being found through YouTube.
Maynard's debut single, "Can't Say No", was released in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2012 – debuting at number two on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 28 April with 74,792 copies sold. The track also saw chart success in Ireland, where it peaked at number thirteen. On 1 May, Maynard released the album track "Drowning" as a free download for any fans who pre-ordered the upcoming studio album, Contrast. On 5 May, he performed "Can't Say No" at the 7th annual edition of the TRL Awards in Italy. On 9 June 2012, Maynard performed "Can't Say No" at the Capital Summertime Ball in front of an 80,000 strong crowd.
Maynard released his second single, "Vegas Girl", on 21 July 2012 in the UK – it debuted and peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. On 30 July, he released Contrast, which debuted at number 1 on the UK Album Chart on 11 August 2012. The album sold only 17,000 copies in its debut week. He released the third single from the album "Turn Around", featuring Ne-Yo. It peaked at number 8 on the UK singles chart.
2013: Take Off and new album
It was revealed in June 2013 that Maynard would release a book offering fans an insight into his rise to fame, entitled Take Off; it was released in October 2013. Maynard is currently preparing for the release of his second studio album. He has promised a new sound for the album and has confirmed that he has worked with Labrinth and Travie McCoy on the album. On 23 August, Maynard confirmed that his new single would be called "R U Crazy", which was produced by Labrinth. The song premiered on radio on 25 August, as well as the music video appearing on 27 August. In March 2014, Maynard took part in recording England's 2014 World Cup song. He collaborated with the likes of fellow pop stars Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton, Katy B, Kimberley Walsh and Pixie Lott, on "Greatest Day", a track originally performed by British band, Take That. The track was produced by Gary Barlow and recorded at Sarm Studios in London. The track also featured past footballers such as Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Geoff Hurst, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle and Dion Dublin on backing vocals.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Can't Say No"||2012||2||38||35||75||—||63||—||13||21||3||—||Contrast|
|"R U Crazy"||4||—||—||—||—||—||—||18||—||5||—||
|"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.|
Other charted songs
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Better than You"
(featuring Rita Ora)
- "Brighton artist Conor Maynard could be UK answer to Justin Bieber". The Sun. 1 February 2012.
- "Conor Maynard voted 'Brand New' for 2012". MTV. 31 January 2012.
- "Conor Maynard – 'R U Crazy' – Digital EP". Amazon (UK). 16 April 2012.
- Q&A with Conor Maynard, dailymail.co.uk; accessed 26 December 2013.
- "Conor Maynard on Jessie J. Tinchy", dailyrecord.co.uk; accessed 26 December 2013.
- "YouTube User: skillzaisherebooya". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "The Student Magazine Interview Conor Maynard". The Student Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- "Interview with Sarah Stennett (part 2)". HitQuarters. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Lana Del Rey and Delilah makes MTV's Brand New for 2012 list". Digital Spy. 2 December 2011.
- "'Can't Say No' – Music Video". YouTube. 1 March 2012.
- "Conor Maynard – 'Can't Say No' – Single Review". Digital Spy. 3 March 2012.
- "Conor Maynard, "I'm not like Justin Bieber"". Digital Spy. 12 March 2012.
- Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
- Peak positions in Ireland:
- Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
- For: "Can't Say No": "Chart Archive > April 28, 2012". The Official Charts Company. 2012-05-11.
- For: "Vegas Girl": "Chart Archive > August 4, 2012". The Official Charts Company. 2012-08-04.
- For: "Turn Around": "Chart Archive > October 13, 2012". The Official Charts Company. 2012-10-13.
- For: "Animal": "Chart Archive > February 2, 2013". The Official Charts Company. 2013-02-02.
- "Conor Maynard releases new album track, 'Drowning'". Entertainment Wise. 1 May 2012.
- "Conor Maynard – Can't Say No @ TRL Awards 2012". MTV. 2012-05-05.
- Conor Maynard Live At The Summertime Ball 2012 – Pictures. capitalfm.com
- Conor Maynard to release new book in October 2013, digitalspy.co.uk; accessed 26 December 2013.
- "Gary Barlow and Gary Lineker unveils England 2014 World Cup song". itv.com. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- "Conor Maynard – Australian Charts". australian-charts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Conor Maynard – Belgium (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien.
- "Conor Maynard Album & Song Chart History". billboard.com/.
- "Conor Maynard – Danish Charts". danishcharts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Conor Maynard – Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl/ Hung Medien.
- "Conor Maynard – New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz/ Hung Medien.
- Peak positions for albums in Scotland:
- "Conor Maynard – Swiss Charts". hitparade.ch/ Hung Medien.
- Contrast: Amazon.co.uk: Music
- "Certified Awards" (enter "Conor Maynard" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry.
- "Conor Maynard – German Charts". charts.de/ Hung Medien.