If you’re out of the loop, then allow me to introduce you to a talented artist influenced by old school r&b soul. Lemar, an English singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, has gained moderate success in Europe and Australia. He has had 7 top ten singles and sold over 2 million records, not to mention he’s won two Brit Awards and three Mobo Awards. What can I say? The man is out to conquer the world, starting with one heart at a time. But before we get down to the sensual and tasteful melodies coming from his lips, let’s discover who Lemar is behind the music.
Lemar Obika was born in North London to Ibo parents who emigrated from Nigeria. Lemar was heavily influenced by the Jacksons and would constantly sing along to their music. Always a lover of r&b and soul, it was only a matter of time before Lemar began pursuing an entertainment career in the groovy genre. At age 17, he opened up for Usher and gained public recognition for supporting the latter along with Destiny’s Child, Total and Uncle Sam on their UK tours. Lemar knew he wanted to be a musician, therefore giving up a college education to focus on his music full time. He signed his first recording contract with BMG and would later release his debut song “Got Me Saying Ooh.” However, after only a year, Lemar was released from the label and he began working as an accountant to get by.
His failed attempts didn’t keep him down for too long, Lemar joing the reality television series and talent show ‘Famed Academy’ in 2002. He gave audiences countless mind blowing performances which included a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” as well as a duet with Lionel Richie on “Easy.” The singer finished third on the show, but that did not prevent record executives from being interested in Lemar’s undeniable talent. Sony Music later signed him to a five year deal. Lemar released his second single “Dance (With U)” in 2003. The single reached number two on the UK Charts, the first to do so. Lemar’s debut album, “Dedicated,” was released later that year. After releasing “50/50” and “Another Day”, his third and fourth single respectively, Lemar went on his first tour across the UK. He would later open for Justin Timberlake on his European tour.
Upon completing his touring, Lemar went back into the studio to work on his sophomore album. The lead single, “If There’s Any Justice,” reached number three on the UK Charts. The second album, “Time To Grow,” was released in 2004 and peeked at number eight on the UK Album Charts. Lemar went on to release two more albums, “The Truth About Love” and “The Reason”, along with a compilation album called “The Hits.” The best of album included his hit singles over the years since his debut, along with covers of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” and Alicia Keys’ “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart.” Since then, Lemar has been touring and working on new music in between. His return to music is certainly anticipated, as this man is a combination of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Brian McKnight and D’Angelo. What’s hotter than that mixture? Absolutely nothing. Just listen to his songs below: