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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
    7 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    7 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.   Heaven
  11.   I'm in Love
  12.   Into You
  13.   Promise to Love
  14.   You're on My Mind
  15.   Say
  16.   True Love
  17.   Each Other
  18.   You Might Win
  19.   Miss You
  20.   You Are
  21.   I'm Missin' Your Love
  22.   Without You
  23.   Matter of Time
  24.   Set You Free
  25.   Brotha Man
  26.   I Get Lifted
  27.   What Christmas Means
  28.   Be Mine For Christmas
  29.   Christmas Time Is Here
  30.   A Christmas Song For You
  31.   Can You Feel It
  32.   When I'm Lovin You
  33.   Hold On
  34.   Love Never Fails
  35.   Human Touch
  36.   Mother's Love
  37.   My Favorite Thing by Ronald Isley
  38.   Saving My Love for You
  39.   Cherish This Moment
  40.   Bethlehem
  41.   Glorify The King
  42.   Golden Days by Jill Scott
  43.   Home for Christmas
  44.   We Three Kings
  45.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  46.   Inside by David Sanborn
  47.   Pray for Me
  48.   The Soft Side of Love
  49.   Say Something Real
  50.   Lullaby Noel
  51.   Merry Christmas Baby
  52.   The Christmas Song
  53.   Fascination
  54.   This Place (Church of Today)
  55.   Tonight
  56.   Moments
  57.   Do What You Gotta Do
  58.   Downtown by Snoop Dogg
  59.   Beautiful World
  60.   Doo Wop Christmas (That's What Christmas Is About)
  61.   Jesus
  62.   Don't Say Goodbye by L'Renee

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