"Lemar Obika" (born 4 April 1978 in Tottenham, London), simply known as "Lemar", is a British R&B singer who has had a run of chart success in the UK since appearing on ''Fame Academy'' on BBC Television.
Lemar Obika was born to Nigerian parents on 4 April 1978 in London, and grew listening to soul and R&B and used to sing at home with his brother pretending to be The Jacksons. He was eighteen 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 in his musical career supporting Destiny's Child and achieving a record deal. When the record deal fell through due to restructuring at the label he was signed to, he had to eventually take a job working as an accounts manager at the NatWest Bank.
Lemar saw an advertisement for ''Fame Academy'' in 2002, a combination of a talent quest and reality television show and decided to put his name forward. 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 Like Sunday Morning". W...