Lemar Obika is celebrating the big 40 this week.
He was born in Tottenham and whilst growing up he and his siblings used to pretend to be the Jacksons and sing along with their songs. He got his break in 2002 when he applied for the reality show Fame Academy where he sang a duet with Lionel Richie on the Commodores hit Easy. After being invited by Beverley Knight to sing with her at a London concert, Sony Music was impressed and gave him a contract.
In August 2001 he’d released his first single Got Me Saying Ooh which failed to attract attention but after his appearance on Fame Academy, his next single, Dance (With U) and the parent album, Dedicated both charted with the single making number two and the album number 16.
One year later he released his second album, Time to Grow and from it, Another Day, If There’s Any Justice and the title track were all hit singles.
He continues to tour and in 2018 was chosen as a contestant for the 10th series of Dancing on Ice where he partnered Melody Le Moal but they were the fifth pair to be voted off.
Let’s enjoy, arguably, his best known song, If There’s Any Justice.