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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

    R&B Slow Jams

    R&B Slow Jams
    1 song

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    8 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    8 songs

    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.   Find Your Way
  8.   Nobody
  9.   It's You
  10.   Promise to Love
  11.   You're on My Mind
  12.   Heaven
  13.   I'm in Love
  14.   Into You
  15.   Say
  16.   I'm Missin' Your Love
  17.   Matter of Time
  18.   Miss You
  19.   You Are
  20.   Each Other
  21.   You Might Win
  22.   Without You
  23.   Set You Free
  24.   Brotha Man
  25.   True Love
  26.   I Get Lifted
  27.   Christmas Time Is Here
  28.   A Christmas Song For You
  29.   Be Mine For Christmas
  30.   What Christmas Means
  31.   Beautiful World
  32.   Downtown
  33.   Cherish This Moment
  34.   Hold On by Kem Owens
  35.   Can You Feel It
  36.   Tonight
  37.   My Favorite Thing
  38.   Love Never Fails
  39.   Saving My Love For You
  40.   The Soft Side of Love
  41.   Hold On
  42.   Say Something Real
  43.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  44.   Mother's Love
  45.   Inside by David Sanborn
  46.   Golden Days
  47.   Lullaby Noel
  48.   Jesus
  49.   The Christmas Song
  50.   Heaven
  51.   Human Touch
  52.   This Place (Church of Today)
  53.   We Three Kings
  54.   Merry Christmas Baby
  55.   Divine Order
  56.   When I'm Lovin You
  57.   Fascination
  58.   Intimate Moments with Kem
  59.   Don't Say Goodbye by L'Renee
  60.   Moments
  61.   Home for Christmas
  62.   Bethlehem
  63.   Doo Wop Christmas (That's What Christmas Is About)
  64.   Glorify The King
  65.   I'm Loving U
  66.   Don'T Say Goodbye by L'Renee
  67.   Do What You Gotta Do
  68.   Pray for Me

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