Soul singer Omar Lye-Fook has been awarded with an MBE for his ongoing contribution to cultural life of the UK – so I guess I should refer to him as Omar Lye-Fook MBE.

The 44-year-old who has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Bashy has a music with spans over 20 years.

When accepting his award from Prince Charles, he told Omar:

Do drop off your new album when it’s finished.

Even the prince is a fan and a cheeky one at that! Asking for freebies, ha!

Omar was evidently grateful for being recognised for his career saying:

I want to dedicate it (the MBE) to all my die-hard fans who have always told me to keep on doing what I’m doing.

The music I make comes from the heart because it is all about self expression, a true art form and now to be recognised in such a way is outstanding and I couldn’t be more humbled. I wake up every day and give thanks for the job that I do.
To all my fans I say a big thank you!!! I’m a person that likes to do things differently and without your reassurance that I’m doing something right I’d just be some nutter making up beats and grooves in his mum’s basement!  As long as I have music to put fire in my belly, I will keep on keeping on.
Omar’s seventh studio album will be released in June – I’m sure Prince Charles will be happy to hear that.