The British teen singing sensation Conor Maynard is considered by many to be the UK equivalent to Justin Bieber, a comparison which the young singer rejects. Conor says that he does not want to become the new anyone and wants people to judge him on his own merits.
Maynard told MTV News, “I don't want to be the next anyone. I want to be the first Conor Maynard. I think I want to have a successful career that is unique in its own way. There isn't really anyone out there where I'm like, 'Yeah, I want to do it like they've done it'. I think I kind of want to get to a point of being as successful as possible in a way that's unique to me.”
One thing is for sure, if Conor Maynard is to become as successful as he is hoping, then he is going to have to learn how to interact with global superstars, as he admits that he can become starstuck. Conor recently revealed how he met Rihanna but got tongue tied in front of the singer.
He said at the time, “I just stared at her. She said, 'Hi. Congratulations on everything!' and then she wandered off," he recalled. "I tried to say something but I just kind of went, 'Er... um.. er...' and that's all that came out'.”
Conor Maynard is set to release his debut album Contrast, which features collaborations from Ne-Yo, Rita Ora and Pharrell, in the US on Tuesday, January 8.