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MNEK – British singer and composer

MNEK was born on 9 November 1994 in London. The artist’s real name is Uzo Emenike. He has a Nigerian heritage. Uzo used his last name to create a pseudonym, which sounded similar to the way Emenike was pronounced.

When the singer was 16 years old, he already had experience in the music world. He wrote songs and worked with a production team called Xenomania. At that time, Uzo helped a British singer Florrie record her EP, Experiments, which came out in 2011. Later, while working with Xenomania, Uzo collaborated with such famous bands as The Saturdays and The Wanted. After some time, the artist recorded a debut single, "If Truth Be Told". He was just 17 years old.

In 2012, MNEK worked with KABBA to record her debut single “City Lights”. In February, he collaborated with Rudimental to create his single “Spoons”. The song was featured in Rudimental’s debut LP, Home. The album included another single, “Baby” created with MNEK. Uzo also helped the musicians with such popular tracks as "Hell Could Freeze" and "Hide". The collaboration helped Uzo gain popularity and gave his career a good push forward.

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In 2013, MNEK and KABBA helped Duke Dumont record a single “Need U (100%)”. The same year, Uzo made it to the top-15 artists in BBC's Sound of 2014 rating. After that, many fans tried to book MNEK for private events.

In 2014, MNEK and Gorgon City worked on the band’s single, "Ready For Your Love". The song climbed the fourth spot of the UK Singles Chart. In April, the singer presented a solo song “Every Little Word” for the debut EP, Small Talk. The single easily topped UK Dance Chart and UK Singles Chart.

At the beginning of the summer, MNEK presented a new single called “Wrote a Song About You". In July, he recorded a promo-single "In Your Clouds" for iTunes’ Ones to Watch campaign. Both songs became part of the artist’s debut LP. The same year, Uzo worked with Madonna on her album, Rebel Heart. He also helped Kylie Minogue record a single “Feels So Good” for her LP, Kiss Me Once.

In March 2015, MNEK finally presented his debut EP, Small Talk. The same year he helped the American singer JoJo record his new studio album. Small Talk was released with the support of the Virgin EMI label. It featured six tracks: "Every Little Word", "More Than a Miracle", "Wrote a Song About You", "The Rhythm", "In Your Clouds", and "Suddenly".

In September 2015, together with a popular Swedish singer, Zara Larsson, the artist recorded a single "Never Forget You". It first appeared on BBC Radio 1 on the show Hottest Record. The single turned out to be extremely successful. It became platinum in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Australia. In the USA, it earned platinum status and topped Dance/Electronic Songs Chart.

After the successful collaboration with Zara Larsson, the singer started working with other artists more often. Uzo offered his songwriting talent to Beyoncé, who recorded a hit single “Hold Up” with his assistance. Then MNEK worked with such celebrities as Becky Hill, Shift K3Y, Brayton Bowman, Jax Jones, and Leo Kalyan.

In 2016, the singer recorded a single "At Night (I Think About You)", which reached the 87th spot of the UK Singles Chart. The same year, he presented a cover to the legendary Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”. Soon the singer earned a prestigious ASCAP Vanguard Award.

In February 2018, the artist released a successful single “Tongue”, which became part of his debut LP, Language. Even though the album was less commercially successful than the singer hoped for, it received positive reviews from the fans and critics. The LP featured such popular songs as "Background", "Correct", "Phone", "Honeymoon Phaze", and others.


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