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Background information
Birth name Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike
Also known as MNEK
Born (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 22)
Lewisham, London, UK
Origin Bellingham, London, UK
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts

Uzoechi "Uzo" Emenike (born 9 November 1994), professionally known as MNEK, is a British singer, songwriter and record producer.[1] In 2016, he received the ASCAP Vanguard Award for his contribution to songwriting.[2] His writing and production credits include Beyoncé, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Zara Larsson, , Lianne La Havas, Rudimental, Naughty Boy, Little Mix, JoJo, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit, Chris Malinchak, Bondax, Jax Jones, Oliver Heldens, Karen Harding, Sub Focus, Duke Dumont, Bastille, A*M*E and Stormzy.


2012–13: Breakthrough[edit]

In February 2012, he featured on Rudimental's single "Spoons" with Syron. The song features on their debut studio album Home (2013). In December 2013, he was one of 15 artists to make BBC's Sound of 2014 long list.[3]

2014–present: Small Talk[edit]

In January 2014, he featured on Gorgon City's single "Ready for Your Love". The song peaked to number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. On 20 April 2014, he premiered "Every Little Word" on 1Xtra, the "buzz" single from his debut studio album. On 9 May 2014, the remix EP, featuring Joe Goddard and Fred V and Grafix among others was released. Emenike has said we can expect to hear collaborations with Moko, Snakehips and Jimmy Napes on the record.[4] The lead single "Wrote a Song About You" premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on 13 June 2014. In June 2014, Oliver Heldens' track "Gecko (Overdrive)", which MNEK wrote, debuted at number one on both the UK Dance Chart and the UK Singles Chart. In 2014, he also worked with Madonna on her album, Rebel Heart, and produced the song "Feels So Good" by Kylie Minogue, from her album Kiss Me Once. On 22 July 2014, MNEK released the promotional single "In Your Clouds" as part of an iTunes Ones to Watch campaign. The song will feature on his debut studio album.[citation needed] His debut extended play (EP) Small Talk was released on 20 March 2015. In March 2015, JoJo announced that she worked with MNEK on her new studio album.

In September 2015, MNEK released "Never Forget You" with Swedish singer Zara Larsson.[5] The single premiered as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 and to date has been certified Platinum in the UK, 3× Platinum in Sweden, 2× Platinum in Australia and Denmark and Platinum in Norway.[5] In the US, "Never Forget You" has been certified Platinum, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart for three consecutive weeks and the top 10 of the national airplay chart.[6]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Small Talk
  • Released: 20 March 2015
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download


Single Year Album
"Every Little Word" 2014 Small Talk
"Wrote a Song About You"
"The Rhythm" 2015
"Never Forget You"
(with Zara Larsson)
So Good
"At Night (I Think About You)" 2016 non-album singles
"Don't Stop Me Now"
"Paradise" 2017 TBA
(with Riton featuring House Gospel Choir)

Featured Appearances[edit]

Single Year Album
"Christmas in Downtown LA"
"Ready for Your Love"
2014 Sirens
"Common Emotion"
2016 We the Generation
"House Work"
Non-album singles
"Freak Like Me"
2017 Testify EP
"Not for the Radio"


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