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

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