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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

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    2 songs


    20 songs

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

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