Nigel Maynard has been a drummer for over 20 years. Originally being grounded in Funk, Hip Hop, and Reggae. He quickly learned that there was so much more variables in music that had it’s own flavour in which he soon learned to adapt to. After studying at Humber College for Music and Sound Reinforcement, he had had become quickly found of styles such as jazz, Latin, rock, blues, and yes.. truth be told… Country music as well. This collage of musical genres began to fuse into Nigel.
Back tracking a bit, – Nigel also discovered about “Gospel Music around the age of 12” – and he realized that this style of music, not only being uplifting and nurturing for the spirit… also had an depth and attraction like no other. He soon learned how to express himself in this musical genre as well. Going to churches in the Greater Toronto Area – contemporary styles of worship to liturgical styles, to modern styles, hymns, soul southern styles – to choirs – he has learned to mesh in and find his own means to express his soul and spirit in that medium.
Playing and or opening for the likes of names such as Alvin Slaughter, Fred Hammond, Babie Mason, CeCe Winans, Hezikiyah Walker, Martha Munizzi and others – Nigel has learned how to adapt himself to the differences that artists may have.
Nigel was raised by his mother, and yes his sister as well – in whom even though initially was a little sceptical with his decision to go into the music field, have supported him in many ways.
Nigel is currently a member of Kingsway Community Life Center (Where they love you back to Life and Destiny!) – and also is onboard with Nordene Fogah and helps lead the band that is the driving force behind her called Endurance. He is also on call to be playing with notable musician composer Everett Haughton with his band Embrace.. (Something about MaynStreet and bands that start with “E!” LOL)
Nigel still currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area, but is never limited to it. Traveling internationally to various places between Canada, the US, and Europe, he has come to appreciate the different ways that people express their music – and looks forward to leaving his one expression of music, that would bless many others for years to come.
“Music can be an expression of ones soul. With so much things in this world that are designed to
keep people down – and depressed, struggling, music can be one of those things
– can be a tool to allow someone to find the hope they are looking for, and the answers they need.
God made music for us to bless each other – and Him.
Let us never forget that…”