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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

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    7 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    5 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

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

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