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A Nashville-born, Detroit-based singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Kem (born Kim Owens) overcame homelessness and addiction to become one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B artists of the 2000s and early 2010s. Known for his warm, mellow, and positive sound, the Grammy-nominated artist carried on the tradition of the quiet storm radio format -- exemplified by the likes of Smokey Robinson, the Isley Brothers, and Anita Baker -- with a steady supply of romantic and introspective ballads. Kem funded the recording of his self-released debut, Kemistry, by working as a waiter and as a singer in a wedding band. After he sold 10,000 copies, the disc was picked up by Motown for nationwide release in February 2003. The album eventually reached the Top 20 of the Top Hip-Hop/R&B Albums chart. Its follow-up, Album II, came out in May 2005. Like its predecessor, it reached gold status; it sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S. For a few years, Kem was less active as a recording artist, though he did appear on the fourth volume in Guru's Jazzmatazz series. Kem's third album for Motown, titled Intimacy, was issued in August 2010, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and went gold as well; the single "Why Would You Say" was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Male Performance and Best R&B Song. A holiday album, What Christmas Means, came in 2012. The following year, Ronald Isley's This Song Is for You was released, highlighted by "My Favorite Thing," a song Kem wrote and produced. Promise to Love, his fourth proper album of reliably smooth, gently uplifting material, arrived in August 2014. ~ Andy Kellman
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    20 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    8 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    8 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    7 songs

    R&B Holiday

    4 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    8 songs

    '00s R&B

    2 songs

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Why Would You Stay
  3.   I Can't Stop Loving You
  4.   Love Calls
  5.   Share My Life
  6.   If It's Love by Chrisette Michele
  7.   Nobody
  8.   It's You
  9.   Find Your Way
  10.   You're on My Mind
  11.   Heaven
  12.   I'm in Love
  13.   Into You
  14.   Promise to Love
  15.   Say
  16.   I'm Missin' Your Love
  17.   Matter of Time
  18.   You Might Win
  19.   Miss You
  20.   You Are
  21.   Set You Free
  22.   Without You
  23.   True Love
  24.   Each Other
  25.   I Get Lifted
  26.   Brotha Man
  27.   What Christmas Means
  28.   Be Mine For Christmas
  29.   Christmas Time Is Here
  30.   A Christmas Song For You
  31.   Tonight
  32.   Cherish This Moment
  33.   Downtown by Snoop Dogg
  34.   Saving My Love for You
  35.   When I'm Lovin You
  36.   Hold On
  37.   Love Never Fails
  38.   Inside by David Sanborn
  39.   This Place (Church of Today)
  40.   Glorify The King
  41.   Mother's Love
  42.   Golden Days by Jill Scott
  43.   Can You Feel It
  44.   Fascination
  45.   Don't Say Goodbye by L'Renee
  46.   Pray for Me
  47.   Do What You Gotta Do
  48.   Beautiful World
  49.   Say Something Real
  50.   Lullaby Noel
  51.   Home for Christmas
  52.   Bethlehem
  53.   Jesus
  54.   We Three Kings
  55.   Merry Christmas Baby
  56.   Human Touch
  57.   My Favorite Thing by Ronald Isley
  58.   The Christmas Song
  59.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  60.   Doo Wop Christmas (That's What Christmas Is About)
  61.   The Soft Side of Love
  62.   Moments

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