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Lemar

Lemar in 2008
Background information
Birth name Lemar Obika
Born 4 April 1978 (1978-04-04) (age 31)
Genres Soul, R&B
Occupations singer-songwriter, vocal producer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony/BMG
Website Lemar-Online.com

Lemar Obika (born 4 April 1978 in London, England), professionally known simply as Lemar, is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter and vocal producer who has had a run of chart success in the UK, Europe and Australia. He rose to fame after finishing in third place on the first series of British talent show Fame Academy, which was won by David Sneddon.

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Life

Lemar Obika was born in London, England to south eastern Nigerian parents, and grew up listening to R&B and soul music. He used to sing at home with his brothers and sister, pretending to be The Jacksons. He was 17 when he had his first concert at the Junior Jam at the Temple in Tottenham supporting Usher. Lemar went to St. Paul's Primary School later on he gave up an opportunity to study pharmacy at the Cardiff University to pursue a musical career. Lemar had some success supporting various artists such as Destiny's Child, Total, Uncle Sam and Usher Raymond on their UK club tours and after some years, managed to secure a recording contract with BMG. Following this, he released his debut single "Got Me Saying Ooh". Unfortunately his record deal with BMG fell through in less than a year due to restructuring at the record label. He had to eventually take a job working as an accounts manager at NatWest in Enfield, north London.

On 19 January 2008, MSN UK reported that Lemar became a father for the first time with his long term partner Charmaine Powell, who gave birth to a baby girl called Nyiema Obika at London's private Portland hospital weighing 7 lb.[1]

Fame Academy

Lemar was most notably brought to public attention on the BBC's Fame Academy in 2002, a combination of a talent quest and reality television show. He made the finals of the show winning plaudits for his version of "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green and singing a duet with Lionel Richie on "Easy". While he ended up finishing third in the show, which was won by David Sneddon, he caught the eye of fellow British soul singer Beverley Knight, who invited him to sing a duet with her during her concert at the Hammersmith Apollo. Sony Music was so impressed with his potential that they signed him to a five year record deal worth £1 million. He was also the contestant from Fame Academy chosen to represent the UK in Eurobest, coming fifth (the eventual winner being Chenoa from Spain.

Recording career

Lemar's second single "Dance (With U)" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in early 2003. His first album Dedicated was released late in 2003 with additional singles "50/50" and "Another Day" also achieving chart success in the UK. Lemar won a BRIT Award for "Best Urban Act" in 2004. Following the success of the album, he commenced his first headlining tour of the UK.

On the 12 November 2004 Lemar guested on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and performed a cover of U2's song "Vertigo". He has also performed for Prince Charles' Prince's Trust.

He is also one of the many artists included on Band Aid 20's single "Do They Know It's Christmas?".

In February 2006, he won a second BRIT Award for "Best Urban Act".

4 September 2006 saw Lemar return with his eighth single, entitled "It's Not That Easy", which became his sixth UK top ten hit. A week later his new album The Truth About Love was released, which saw guest appearances from Styles P from The L.O.X., Mica Paris and Joss Stone. The album became Lemar's highest charting album to date, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart, outpeaking Time to Grow (number eight) and Dedicated.

Lemar featured on Sway's first single "Saturday Night Hustle" from the album The Signature LP. Lemar's fourth studio album "The Reason" was released on 24 November 2008, entering the UK Albums Chart at No. 41. Lead single "If She Knew" was released on 10 November 2008, and peaked on the UK Singles Chart at No. 14.

Lemar performed his new single “The Way Love Goes” on the BBC1 show “So You Think You Can Dance” on Saturday 9th January. The single was released on Valentine’s Day and was followed on March 8 by his much anticipated album, 'The Hits'. Which - as well as including 10 hit singles from his four studio albums - also features four new tracks. In addtiton to 'The Way Love Goes', these include a duet with Britain's chart-topping pop/R&B boy-band JLS on a re-recording of Lemar's own 2003 ballad 'What About Love'.[2]

On the 11th March 2010 Lemar's album 'The Hits' hit number one on the R&B download charts on I-tunes. Along with 9 of Lemar's songs in the top 100 downloads.

In March 2010 Lemar performed a Radio 1 Live Lounge version of "Empire state of Mind".

Financial

As of May 2009 he had accumulated wealth of £12.4 Million. [3]

Discography

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