BBC Radio 1 Stories: Conor Maynard
BBC Radio 1’s new Breakfast Show host, Nick Grimshaw, presents a special Radio 1 Stories, looking at the success of teen pop sensation Conor Maynard.
Despite his down-to-earth demeanour, Conor Maynard is not just any normal 19 year-old. While most lads his age were pawing through UCAS catalogues, Conor found himself locked in a bidding war between record labels, US R&B star Ne-Yo and Pharrell Williams.
Not bad for a kid that just a couple of years ago was singing covers in his bedroom and uploading the videos to YouTube, with content notching up a few views each month and the odd comment from his nan.
Little did he know that, through the internet, he was stepping onto the biggest stage possible and was on the brink of taking the music world - and boys’ and girls’ hearts - by storm. Fast forward a few years and Conor has one of the most subscribed YouTube channels in the UK and is the owner of a number 1 debut album produced by big names such as The Invisible Men and Midi Mafia, featuring collaborations with the likes of Rita Ora, Ne-Yo, Pharrell and a special track penned by Frank Ocean.
This is the story of Conor Maynard, as told by those that know him best: his friends, family, his YouTube collaborators, ‘brutha from anutha mutha’ Anth Melo, producers Midi Mafia and The Invisible Men.
Nick chats to Conor as we chart his story so far and hear an exclusive play of a previously unreleased track from his first-ever recorded demo, and excerpts from some of his live shows.
And of course, his fans. The ones who made it all possible in the first place - The Mayniacs!
15th October, BBC Radio 1, 21.00 - 22.00
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