|Birth name||Michael Stafford|
12 July 1990 |
Hackney, London, England
|Genres||Soul, R&B, reggae fusion, post-dubstep, hip hop|
|Associated acts||Professor Green, Chase & Status, The Streets, Plan B, Terawrizt, Nu-centz, Johnny Boy, Chipmunk, K Koke, Benny Banks, Logic, Akala, Joey Bada$$|
Maverick Sabre (born Michael Stafford; 12 July 1990) is an Irish-English singer-songwriter and rapper. Associated with genres such as R&B and folk, Sabre is known for his eerie vocals and guitar playing. In January 2011, Sabre appeared on Professor Green's single "Jungle", which peaked at number 31 in the UK Singles Chart. His debut EP, The Lost Words, was released on 7 March 2011, with the single "Look What I've Done" preceding that release the week before.
Maverick Sabre was born in Hackney, London. At the age of four he moved to Ireland, where he grew up in New Ross, County Wexford, but later – following the suggestion of English singer/rapper Plan B – Sabre returned to London to pursue a musical career.
His career began in 2008 when he appeared on the album Sense The Terror by Irish rappers Terawrizt and Nu-Centz. Sabre appeared on two tracks: "Lucky" and "Used To Blame". He also featured on rappers Johnnyboy and Intox's Propaganda EP and released his own tracks, such as "Lonely Side Of Life" and "Fade Away". Sabre furthered his career in 2009 when he featured on Jermicide & Danny Digg's album Middle Class, collaborating on three tracks: "Afraid", "Where We Go to" and "Still With Me". Maverick Sabre also performed on SB.TV with the song "They Found Him A Gun" and featured in BBC 1Xtra 'Jail Tales' programme, performing "These Walls". Sabre then returned to working with his earlier cohorts, featuring on Terawrizt's album Written in Stone and Terawrizt & Nu-Centz' album Sense The Terror 2, appearing on tracks such as "Life Fly By". On 25 November 2010, Sabre released his debut mixtape, The Travelling Man, in the United Kingdom. The release was a free digital download and featured the track "Sometimes" along with a promotional video to accompany the song. On 6 January 2011, "Sometimes" was released as a single by Impala Records. Sabre guested on drum and bass duo Chase & Status's second studio album No More Idols, on "Fire in Your Eyes". He also features on "Sleepless", a song regularly performed live by Chase & Status, however no studio version has been released to date. Sabre featured on Professor Green's fourth single "Jungle", released on 1 January 2010, which was featured on the album Alive Till I'm Dead. The single debuted at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 31 the following week. On 28 February 2011, Maverick released his debut single "Look What I Done", taken from the extended play The Lost Words, released on 7 March 2011. On 19 April 2011, Sabre performed with a live band on BBC Two's Later… with Jools Holland. After his performance of Oasis's "Wonderwall" on Chris Moyles' BBC Radio 1 Comic Relief show, Maverick's extended play The Lost Words reached number 2 in the iTunes Store Top Ten Songs chart. In 2011, he also appeared on The Script's Science & Faith Tour supporting the Irish band, and performed his song "Let Me Go", which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 16 in August 2011.
2011–2013: Lonely Are the Brave
On 25 July 2011, Maverick Sabre's first single "Let Me Go" was released and entered the UK chart at number 16. He released his debut album, Lonely Are The Brave, on 6 February 2012. He then released singles "I Need", "What Have I Done To You" and "No One". Maverick Sabre also featured on a remix of his song "I Need" with rappers Chipmunk and Benny Banks. He then featured on the track "We'll Never Know" alongside rappers Akala and Logic. On Sunday 29 January 2012, Sabre appeared on the Sunday Night Sessions segment of The Late Show with Joanne Good on BBC London 94.9. Sabre appears on the 2012 remake album Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation in the role of Parson Nathaniel but in the 2012–13 live shows where he was replaced by Jason Donovan.
On 9 April 2014, Sabre released a video for the single "Breathe". On 24 July 2014, Sabre released a video for the remix from "Emotion (Ain't Nobody)", featuring Chip, Devlin and George the Poet.
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- "Two Programmes – Later Live... with Jools Holland, Series 38, Episode 3". BBC. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
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- "Maverick Sabre unveils new song 'Breathe' – listen :". Lewis Corner. Retrieved 10 April 2014.