First rising to prominence via YouTube cover versions that amassed hundreds of millions of views, Brighton-born Conor Maynard signed to Parlophone Records when he was just 18 years old, and 12 months later was announced as the winner of MTV’s ‘Brand New For 2012’ fan-voted poll.
His debut single ‘Can’t Say No’ smashed into the UK charts at no. 2 with its follow-up ‘Vegas Girl’ hitting no.4 the week before his debut album, ‘Contrast’ sailed straight into the charts at no.1.
With the likes of Ne-Yo, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams (who memorably declared, “This kid will change the face of pop music”), Stargate and The Invisible Men, as collaborators on the album, Conor quickly established himself as the most exciting – and credible - British male pop star to have emerged in a very long time.
Major success in North America, Europe and the Far East quickly followed, turning Conor into a global pop icon. Sell out tours and two more Top Ten singles in the form of the Ne-Yo duet ‘Turn Around’ and the edgy ‘Animal’, cemented Conor’s standing as a musician with long-term ambitions.
So it was no surprise that when he dropped a brand new track, ‘R U Crazy’ in October 2013, it shot straight into the Top 5 and became one of his biggest hits. Since then he’s released a book – ‘Take Off’ – and toured with will.i.am and Jason Derulo in between writing and recording his second album.