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

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