Conor Maynard Follows One Direction Into Sunshine

By Karen Bliss 7/26/12 |

Conor Maynard before the Rays of Sunshine concert with Stacey McCullough, 14, who has a condition called Dystonia. (Photo credit: Adam Jacobs)
UK urban-pop artist Conor Maynard, whose YouTube popularity from his covers of songs by Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Taio Cruz and Rihanna led to a record deal with EMI and the opportunity to make his debut album, Contrast, with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Ne-Yo,  Stargate, Frank Ocean and more, has already become involved with UK charity Rays of Sunshine.  

The organization that grants wishes for seriously ill kids and teens in the UK is the same cause for which fellow British chart-toppers One Direction and Leona Lewis are ambassadors.

Nineteen-year-old Maynard is not an ambassador yet for the charity, but he did perform for 1500 seriously ill children at the Rays of Sunshine concert in June at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England, alongside Lewis, JLS, Adam Lambert, and others.

Conor Maynard performs at the Rays of Sunshine concert in June at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
“Being asked to perform anywhere is incredible, but to be performing for such an amazing cause was really cool,” Maynard tells Samaritanmag.

“Actually, one of the first things I ever said in one of my first interviews, funnily enough, was that I would love to get to the point one day where I have that power to make a massive difference for charity. I feel like if this album goes as well as I hope it will, and everything that follows goes really well, then I’d love to do it.

“It was actually the first performance my parents ever came to watch so that was quite funny as well and really cool. But, yeah, I would definitely like to get involved with charity in any possible way when the time is right.”

Maynard received the Silver Clef Best Newcomer Award in London on June 29, at the annual awards show which raises funds for Nordoff-Robbins, a charity that provides music therapy for adults and children. 

Read Samaritanmag's interview with One Direction about Rays of Sunshine here.

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