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the Razz: DRIVING AMBITION; Lemar: I'd love a fleet of luxury cars.

Byline: BEVERLEY LYONS

R&B star Lemar wants to follow in the footsteps of Jay Kay and buy his own fleet of luxury cars.

Ex-Fame Academy contestant Lemar says he's not one for serious bling, but he does want to be like the Jamiroquai frontman and start collecting motors.

He said: "I've got an Audi A4 and a Mercedes. When I have his kind of money, Iwouldn't mind being like Jay Kay.

"I do love a good car - even a Smart car. "For central London parking, they're pretty good.

"My first car was a red Golf, but I had to give it away after the roof rusted for so long it was raining inside and filled up with water."

Silky smooth Lemar, 28, who releases new single It's Not That Easy next month, was in Scotland for a radio tour when the Razz caught up with him at Clyde 1.

He's looking forward to a busy few months after having been out of the spotlight for the last eight months - unless you count his recent frolicking on a yacht with sexy singer Joss Stone.

He claims they are just friends despite him meeting Joss's parents in Devon and recording a song with her talking of undying love.

Lemar said: "She's just a friend. We wrote some songs together.

"She sang Anniversary, a duet with myself, in Barbados.

"The song was recorded over here but she had to stay in Barbados.

"I'm still with my long-term lady. There's no real scandal with me. I'm just a straightforward guy."

Lemar, nonetheless, spent enough time with Joss to know why she goes shoeless on stage. He said: "She does the bare-foot thing because when she's nervous she'll fall over. It's more secure."

Lemar has gone for a real soul feel on his latest album, which is due out in September, and he says he was inspired by his heroes Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles.

"I've always liked soulful music and the style of those songs," he said.

"I made a conscious decision to make the album more soulful.

"I think my niche is soul.

"I don't mind being crowned the new king of songs you make love to, if that's what people say."

Lemar recorded the video for his new track in Los Angeles and enjoyed peoplewatching while he was there. "I saw people like Steven Spielberg walking down the street.

"I'm not going to try and get into acting just now because singing is what I do, but I wouldn't rule it out for the future.

"I had a little part in De-Lovely, the Cole Porter film with Robbie Williams and Ashley Judd a few years ago.

"It was a lovely film with a great soundtrack. In the movie, I was just singing so there wasn't much acting.

"I wouldn't mind playing a bad hat now. People see me as such a good guy so that's why playing a bad guy would be good."

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Date:Aug 8, 2006
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