Dedicated (Lemar album)

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Dedicated
Studio album by Lemar
Released 24 November 2003 (UK)
Recorded 2003
Genre Soul, R&B
Label RCA
Producer Stargate ,Craig Hardy
Lemar chronology
Dedicated
(2003)
Time to Grow
(2004)
Singles from From Now On
  1. "Dance (with U)"
    Released: 18 August 2003
  2. "50/50 & Lullaby"
    Released: 17 November 2003
  3. "Another Day"
    Released: February 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Dedicated is the debut album by English soul/R&B and Fame Academy runner up Lemar. The now defunct girl group The 411 provided backing vocals for a number of tracks.

Background[edit]

Sony Music signed Lemar to a five-record deal after his success on the BBC Television programme Fame Academy in 2002. His first single "Dance (with U)" was written with Craig Hardy and Fitzgerald Scott who had previously worked with Keith Sweat. The second single "50/50" was recorded by the Norwegian Stargate production team. Fingaz, who has produced hits by British group Big Brovaz, also produced the song "What About Love". Lemar also recorded a version of "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green which was one of his featured songs by Fame Academy.

Chart success[edit]

The first single from the album, "Dance With U", reached number 2 on the UK singles charts in early 2003. His first album Dedicated was released late in 2003 with additional singles "50/50" and "Another Day" also achieving chart success in the UK. Following the success of the album, he commenced his first headlining tour of the UK. Dedicated was certified double platinum by the BPI for sales in excess of 600,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dedicated (Intro)" (Lemar Obika) - 1:08
  2. "Dance (with U)" (Craig Hardy, Obika, Fitzgerald Scott) - 3:08
  3. "Fresh" (Abdul Bello, Obika) - 3:25
  4. "50/50" (Austan, Hermansen, Mikkel Mille, Obika) - 3:24
  5. "Another Day" (Scott, Skyler Sinclair, William Whedbee) - 4:02
  6. "Sweet Love" (Karl Daniel, Obika) - 3:35
  7. "No Pressure" (Jas Jorgensen, Andy Love, Obika) - 3:38
  8. "Body Talk" (Darren Brown, Terry Brown, Giles Craig, Obika) - 3:20
  9. "What About Love?" (Obika, Scott) - 3:39
  10. "Good Woman" (Brown, Brown, Craig, Obika) - 3:47
  11. "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green, Al Jackson, Willie Mitchell) - 3:48
  12. "Hot Summer" (Brown, Brown, Craig, Obika) - 3:25
  13. "Alright With Our Love" (Nigel Lowis, Obika, Scott) - 4:20
  14. "Lullaby" (Ainsley Henderson, Obika) - 3:22
  15. "All I Ever Do (My Boo)" (Obika) - 3:20

Charts[edit]

Charts (2004) Peak
position
Swiss Albums Chart 54
UK Albums Chart 16

Personnel[edit]

  • Jarl Ivar Andersen – multi instruments
  • Pete Beachill – trombone
  • Joe Belmaati – keyboards, programming
  • Dave Bishop – saxophone
  • Tim Briley – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • James Cruz – mastering
  • Snake Davis – saxophone
  • Joe Fields – engineer
  • Fingaz – keyboards, producer
  • The 411 – vocals (bckgr)
  • Matt Furmidge – assistant engineer
  • Carrie Grant – vocal arrangement
  • Simon Hale – horn arrangements, string arrangements, horn conductor, string conductor
  • Michael Hansen – percussion
  • Craig Hardy – producer
  • Lawrence Johnson – vocals, choir arrangement
  • Marc Lane – engineer
  • Vanessa Letocq – production coordination
  • The London Session Orchestra – strings
  • Andy Love – producer
  • Nigel Lowis – producer
  • Paul Meehan – arranger, programming, producer
  • Roy Merchant – engineer, mixing
  • Mikkel SE – multi instruments
  • Matz Nilsson – mixing
  • Nicole Nodland – photography
  • Adam Phillips – guitar
  • Nick Raphael – A&R
  • Brian Rawling – arranger, producer
  • Fitzgerald Scott – vocal arrangement, vocal engineer, vocal producer
  • Alan Simpson – guitar
  • Alexis Smith – assistant engineer
  • Stargate – producer
  • Ren Swan – mixing
  • John Themis – guitar
  • Derek Watkins – trumpet
  • Gavyn Wright – orchestra leader
  • Jong Uk Yoon – engineer, mixing

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