Old School – New Tool: Lemar — Let’s Stay Together

Lemar is one of the very few contemporary artists I actually do love. His voice has the velvety quality that makes love songs sound so authentic to me. Lemar Obika, that’s his full name, is a native of Great Britain, and his career was anything but smooth sailing. Just when he had closed his first record deal, “internal changes at the label” caused the contract to be cancelled.

Disappointed and disillusioned, Lemar returned to his learned trade as account manager. But some dreams just won’t die, and in 2002 the singer/songwriter participated in a talent show on TV. He finished on third place — and was once again on his way …

You’ll find Lemar’s cover version of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together on his 2003 album Dedicated.



I’m sorry, but I can’t post the song because it is SONY material.

This YouTube clip from a 2005 concert in Poland, however, showcases his talent even better than the studio version of Let’s Stay Together. The second song in the clip is If There’s Any Justice — another one of Lemar’s great songs.


2 responses to “Old School – New Tool: Lemar — Let’s Stay Together

  1. Nice, but to me it shows how enduring the actual song is, especially if done properly.

  2. Thanks ((Gua)). You are so right. High quality material will last a long time without showing any signs of wear and tear.

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