Conor Paul Maynard (born 21 November 1992) is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, Internet personality and actor from Brighton who is signed to Warner Music Group 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 15 April 2012.
Maynard performing on 25 March 2017 in Rotterdam
Conor Paul Maynard
21 November 1992
1992–2011: Early life and careerEdit
Conor Maynard was born in Brighton, England, UK, to Gary and Helen Maynard, a builder and office worker, respectively. He has a younger brother, Jack who is a YouTuber and briefly appeared on the 2017 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Maynard has his own YouTube Channel as well. His younger sister Anna who is also a YouTuber has appeared in some of his covers on YouTube, including "Run" and "If I Were A Boy". He attended Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove. On 19 May 2006, he signed up to the 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–present: Take Off and new albumEdit
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.
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 2016.
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 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 an interview on 8 January 2018 with Caspar Lee, Maynard discussed the status of his new album. He revealed that following the success of his debut album, he entered into a relationship and found it difficult to effectively split his time which resulted in the disappointing charting of Talking About and Royalty. Maynard subsequently began making the majority of his income via online stream such as YouTube and Spotify as opposed to album sales and live performances. He then admitted that he wants to release a new album of original music online but is currently unable to because he is under contractual talks with his label. He also stated that once the situation is fixed he will be able to release original content.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
As lead artistEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Can't Say No"||2012||2||38||35||75||63||—||13||21||—||—||Contrast|
|"R U Crazy"||4||—||99||—||—||—||18||—||—||—||
|"Are You Sure?"
(with Kris Kross Amsterdam featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
|"Hold on Tight"
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
As featured artistEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(Marcus Butler featuring Conor Maynard)
|"Dancing in the Headlights"
(DJ Antoine featuring Conor Maynard)
|"Catch Me Here"
(Drumsound & Bassline Smith featuring Conor Maynard)
|"All My Love"
(Cash Cash featuring Conor Maynard)
(Kris Kross Amsterdam and The Boy Next Door featuring Conor Maynard)
|"How You Love Me"
(Hardwell featuring Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg)
|"Way Back Home" (Sam Feldt Edit)
(SHAUN featuring Conor Maynard)
(Alok featuring Conor Maynard)
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Other charted songsEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Better than You"
(featuring Rita Ora)
|"Answer: Love Myself"||2018||BTS||Love Yourself: Answer|
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This is a huge track to launch the most exciting pop/R&B artist the UK has produced since Tinie Tempah.'
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- "CHEAT CODES/KRIS KROSS | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company.
- "Kris Kross Amsterdam Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- "How You Love Me (feat. Conor Maynard & Snoop Dogg) - Single by Hardwell". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 18 December 2018.
- "Pray (feat. Conor Maynard– Single by Alok on iTunes". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Medved, Matt (28 August 2018). "Alesso Signs to UMG's 10:22 pm; New Single 'Remedy' Out Friday: Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on 30 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.