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

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