Lemar Obika (born 4 April 1978), professionally known as Lemar, is a British Soul and R&B Singer, Songwriter and Vocal Producer who has had a run of chart success in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
Lemar was born in London to Nigerian (Igbo) parents, and was raised in Tottenham listening to Soul Music and R&B. He used to sing at home with his brothers and sister, pretending to be The Jacksons. He was seventeen when he had his first concert at the Junior Jam at the Temple in Tottenham supporting Usher. 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 Saturday 19th 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 .
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's 4th studio album "The Reason" is set for release on November 24th 2008. While the first single of the album will be called "If She Knew" released on 17th November 2008.
Lemar will also feature on Sway's first single "Saturday Night Hustle" from the album "Signature LP".
|2001||"Got Me Saying Ooh"||—||—||—||—||Single-only release|
|2003||"Dance (With U)"||2||—||6||—||Dedicated|
|"50/50" / "Lullaby"||5||—||—||—|
|"If There's Any Justice"||3||—||21||19||Time to Grow|
|2005||"Time to Grow"||9||—||—||13|
|"Don't Give It Up"||21||—||—||30|
|2006||"It's Not That Easy"||7||29||—||—||The Truth About Love|
|"Someone Should Tell You"||21||23||—||—|
|2008||"If She Knew"||The Reason|
Interview: Lemar Obika - Bright Future for Fame Academy's Lemar -at Last; Record Giants Were Slow to Sign Him Up, but Lemar Tells Wil Marlow It Was Worth the Wait
Aug 15, 2003; Byline: Wil Marlow IT'S mid-morning at the offices of Sony and the record company's latest signing is causing something of a...