Soul singer Lemar looking for a good time at town's carnival
PUBLISHED: 12:15 28 June 2011
AFTER putting the finishing touches on a new album planned for January 2012, soul sensation Lemar intends to "have a good time" at the Saffron Walden Carnival.
The singer-songwriter has pledged to get to his gig early, soak up the atmosphere, and above all entertain what he hopes will be crowd willing to “make some noise and sing along.”
Speaking to the Saffron Walden Reporter, the 33-year-old former Fame Academy contestant said: “Because it is a carnival, I’m expecting everyone to be really up for it and full of energy.
“We will have a lot of fun and there will be plenty of humour on stage, and I promise everyone will have a really great time.”
Lemar has been busy over the last few months touring and writing, and has also accompanied Enrique Iglesias on the UK leg of his recent world-wide shindig.
“It was amazing to tour with Enrique, all the gigs were in arenas and the buzz from the crowd in each one was immense.
“I have also spent most of my time writing for the new album due out next year, all the songs are done and written – we are now just waiting to complete the business side of things.”
We asked what the crowd can expect to see at his carnival performance on the opening night of the eight-day extravaganza (July 1).
“I am still enjoying promoting my greatest hits album from last year,” he said. “So people can expect all the well known hits, I may try some new material, but I will be definitely performing some well known but never seen before covers.”
After coming third in Fame Academy in 2003, his rise through the music industry has been meteoric, leading to ten UK top 40 hits.
He is now the proud owner of two Brit awards, three MOBO awards and his latest greatest hits album reached number one in the iTunes R&B chart last year.
He puts this success down to a strong music scene in the UK and revealed that his major influences come from Marvin Gaye and Usher.
He added: “I love all the new soul out there as well at the minute, Adele, Jessie J, they are all doing great things. It is tremendous to be a part of the UK music scene right now.”
Tickets for Lemar are on sale at £10, doors open at 7pm. See 8dayweekend.co.uk for more details.