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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
    6 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

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

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