Conor Maynard

Conor Paul Maynard was born in Brighton, England, to Gary and Helen Maynard, on the 21st of November 1992. 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 another British musician Lee Carr. Since 2009, Maynard has uploaded cover versions of songs with rapper and close friend, Anthony  Melo. Together they have covered a variety of songs, including: Taio Cruz “Dynamite“, Rihanna “Only Girl“. 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.

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. 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 also 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.

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 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. In 2019 he’d released a bunch more music including “Hate How Much I Love You” and “Not Over You’ And his fans are still anticipating his new upcoming album.