About the artist
At the end of 2011, MTV U.K. hosted their "Brand New for 2012" competition, which enabled fans to vote for their favorite up-and-coming artists. Joined by Lana Del Rey, Delilah, and Lianne La Havas, among others in the competition, Maynard went on to win, picking up 45-percent of the votes. A month later he announced that he'd signed a deal with EMI subsidiary Parlophone, and in April 2012, he released his first single, Can't Say No. Maynard's debut album, Contrast, followed three months later and saw him working with a whole host of producers and guest vocalists, including Pharrell Williams, the Invisible Men, Ne-Yo, and Rita Ora.
Richard Wilson, Rovi