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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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Stations Featuring


    20 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    8 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    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

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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 Are
  19.   Miss You
  20.   Without You
  21.   Set You Free
  22.   Each Other
  23.   Brotha Man
  24.   Christmas Time Is Here
  25.   True Love
  26.   What Christmas Means
  27.   You Might Win
  28.   A Christmas Song For You
  29.   Be Mine For Christmas
  30.   I Get Lifted
  31.   Intimate Moments with Kem
  32.   The Soft Side of Love
  33.   Golden Days by Jill Scott
  34.   Can You Feel It
  35.   Don't Say Goodbye by L'Renee
  36.   Saving My Love For You
  37.   Jesus
  38.   Hold On by Kem Owens
  39.   Love Never Fails
  40.   When I'm Lovin You
  41.   My Favorite Thing
  42.   Tonight
  43.   Human Touch
  44.   Do What You Gotta Do
  45.   The Christmas Song
  46.   Hold On
  47.   Downtown
  48.   Say Something Real
  49.   Lullaby Noel
  50.   Glorify The King
  51.   Home for Christmas
  52.   Inside by David Sanborn
  53.   Moments
  54.   Pray for Me
  55.   Bethlehem
  56.   Doo Wop Christmas (That's What Christmas Is About)
  57.   We Three Kings
  58.   Merry Christmas Baby
  59.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  60.   Heaven
  61.   Fascination
  62.   Beautiful World
  63.   Cherish This Moment
  64.   This Place (Church of Today)
  65.   I'm Loving U
  66.   Mother's Love
  67.   Divine Order
  68.   Don'T Say Goodbye by L'Renee

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