Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard
Release date
01 January 1970
Conor Maynard
01 January 1970 |

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Conor Maynard was born in Brighton, England, On 19 May 2006, he signed up to YouTube and in December 2008
uploaded his very first video of him singing “Breathe”, by fellow British musician Lee Carr.

In 2006, Maynard starred as a young Casper Rose in the Sky 1 television series Dream Team.

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”) and 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.

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.

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 describing it as “playful, fun and immediately leaves
you wanting another go”, while others compared Maynard to 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.

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 a 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.

On 1 March 2015, Conor released his new single “Talking About”, the second single from the upcoming album. The
single debuted at number 44 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming not only Maynard’s first single to miss the top-ten,
but also his first to miss the top-forty altogether. Within a month Conor released his third single called “Royalty“.
The single is extracted from his second upcoming album, which is predicted to be released at the beginning of

On 22 January 2016, the single “I’m Famous” by Marcus Butler was released featuring Maynard. It peaked at
number 85 on the UK Singles Chart top 100, failing to reach the top 40. The single spent only one week on the
chart. Maynard was also featured alongside Butler in the music video for the same song.

Conor performed at the Hertfordshire Summer Ball on 13 May 2016, along with other acts such as Becky Hill.

In July 2016, due to the success of his covers on YouTube, Conor announced he would be releasing an album of
covers with one original track. A few of the covers included “Pillowtalk”, “One Dance”, “Hello” and “Stitches”. The
original was called “This Is My Version” and was written about a relationship he had previously been in. The album,
Covers was released on 5 August 2016.

Maynard featured on a dance track called “Dancing in the Headlights” by DJ Antoine. Maynard also featured on a
track called “Catch Me Here” by Drumsound and Bassline Smith which Conor had already written for 2 years. On
23 December 2016 he released the single “Are You Sure?” with Kris Kross Amsterdam featuring vocals from Ty
Dolla Sign.

In November 2018, Maynard began starring in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld
Theatre in the lead role of Charlie Price and gave his final performance on 10 January 2019.

On 28 June 2019, Maynard released his first original single in 4 years called ‘Hate How Much I Love You’ was
released, followed by 2 more tracks called ‘Not Over You‘ and ‘Waste Your Time‘.

In 2020, Maynard released a single called ‘Nothing But You‘ and another single called ‘For the Night‘. Like Maynard
has previously said, he doesn’t want to release an album anymore. They don’t do well and you are labeled as a flop
artist, while singles do much better. He also said that in the future if his singles perform well, he will put all his
singles in an album with some more new songs.

After few months of silence, in April 2021 Maynard released his new single called “Crowded Room”.


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