TALENTED teen Conor Maynard has been hailed as Britain’s answer to Justin Bieber.
The 18-year-old, however, is determined to carve his own niche in the music industry.
Little more than a year ago, Brighton-born Conor was uploading videos of himself to the internet singing his favourite songs and getting positive comments from fans of chart-toppers.
But, pretty soon after, even the artists themselves started to take notice.
With the likes of Chris Brown tweeting about him and Ne-Yo phoning his house and offering to produce him, it was inevitable that record companies would want his signature and in a whirlwind few weeks Parlophone struck a deal to bring Conor to the world stage.
Over the past few months Conor has been working with songwriters and producers on his own material including Jermaine Dupri (Usher, Mariah Carey), Midi Mafia (50 Cent, Frank Ocean), Kevin Rudolf (Jay Sean, Lil’ Wayne), Sandy Vee (Rhianna, Pitbull), Invisible Men (Jessie J, The Noisettes), Crada (Drake, Kid Kudi) and the legendary Dianne Warren.
And during that time he’s seen his online fanbase grow exponentially.
His Facebook fans are now at 158,000 while his YouTube channel is the fifth most subscribed music channel in the UK – all without releasing a single piece of music officially yet.
That changes next week with the release of his debut single, Can’t Say No, on April 16.
To coincide with the release, he’s embarking on a UK tour and will play Newcastle Academy 2 on April 25.
Tickets are available from www.gigsandtours.com.