Lemar Lemar
BritishsoulandR&Bsinger
Lemar Lemar
Lemar Obika, professionally known simply as Lemar, is a British soul and R&B singer. Obika 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. Since then Lemar has had seven top ten UK singles and sold over two million albums. He is seen as one of the most successful artists to come out of a reality TV show.
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    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 36
    Lemar returned again in 2015 with his single "The Letter", which got its first airplay on BBC Radio 2's breakfast show with Chris Evans.
    More Details Hide Details The Letter will also be the name of his next studio album.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    Lemar returned with his single "Invincible", which he performed for the first time at Stoke 2012 Live.
    More Details Hide Details The release date for the single was 12 August, and will be the first single to be taken from the as yet untitled fifth studio album this year. on 21 June Lemar leaked the single via his official website, speaking to Digital Spy about the single he commented saying "Sticking together is what makes you invincible. When times are hard, it's important to stick together and know what your values are." On his site The Re-View, Nick Bassett praises "Invincible" for its "narrative journey which showcases Lemar’s songwriting talents as well as his impressive vocal."
  • 2011
    Age 32
    It was also been announced that Lemar would be the special guest on the UK dates of Enrique Iglesias' Tour in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    On 2 March 2010, Lemar released his second single from the album, "Weight of the World", the song peaked at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart.
    More Details Hide Details He performed both singles on GMTV.
    Lemar performed his new single "The Way Love Goes" on the BBC1 show So You Think You Can Dance on 9 January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He also performed the single on GMTV in February. The single was released on Valentine’s Day and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. On 8 March, the single was followed 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 JLS on a re-recording of Lemar's own 2003 ballad "What About Love". On 19 March, Lemar and JLS performed the song together on Sport Relief. On 11 March 2010 Lemar's album The Hits hit number one on the R&B download charts on iTunes. Along with 9 of Lemar's songs in the top 100 downloads. It peaked at number eighteen on the UK Albums Chart. Near the end of March 2010 Lemar performed a Radio 1's Live Lounge version of "Empire State of Mind". He also recorded cover versions of Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams" and Alicia Key's "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Lead single "If She Knew" was released on 10 November 2008, and peaked on the UK Singles Chart at No. 14.
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    Lemar's fourth studio album "The Reason" was released on 24 November 2008, entering the UK Albums Chart at No. 41.
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    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 at London's private Portland Hospital to a baby girl called Nyiema Obika, weighing 7 lb.
    More Details Hide Details Lemar and Charmaine had another child, a son named Uriah Obika. Lemar's cousin, Jonathan Obika is a footballer who plays for Swindon Town. As of May 2009, Lemar had an accumulated wealth of £4 million. Brit Awards: Mobo Awards:
  • 2006
    Age 27
    4 September 2006 saw Lemar return with his eighth single, entitled "It's Not That Easy", which became his sixth UK top ten hit.
    More Details Hide Details 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 (number sixteen). Two more singles were released from the album, "Someone Should Tell You" and "Tick Tock". At the Brit Awards in 2007, Lemar was hoping to arrive in a makeshift limo, with James May from the BBCs Top Gear. Lemar ultimately got frustrated with May and got out of the car after May repeatedly got lost. He featured on Sway's first single "Saturday Night Hustle" from the album The Signature LP.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    In early November 2004, Lemar released his first single from the album Time to Grow. "If There's Any Justice" reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, and has become one of Lemar's most recognised songs.
    More Details Hide Details Time to Grow was released following the single and peaked at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart, to date, the album has been certificated 2x Platinum by the BPI. Two other singles were released from the album, "Time to Grow" and "Don't Give It Up". He is also one of the artists included on Band Aid 20s single "Do They Know It's Christmas? ".
  • 2003
    Age 24
    His first album Dedicated was released late in 2003 with additional singles "50/50" and "Another Day" also achieving chart success in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details Following the success of the album, he commenced his first headlining tour of the UK. After completing his UK tour, Lemar was the opening act for Justin Timberlake's UK tour dates. On 12 November 2004 Lemar guested on Radio 1's Live Lounge and performed a cover of U2's song "Vertigo". He has also performed for Prince Charles' Prince's Trust.
    Lemar's second single "Dance (with U)" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in early 2003.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on April 4, 1978.
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