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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
    5 songs

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    4 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

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

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