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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 Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    7 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    5 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    5 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
  7.   Nobody
  8.   Find Your Way
  9.   It's You
  10.   Heaven
  11.   I'm in Love
  12.   Into You
  13.   Say
  14.   You're on My Mind
  15.   Without You
  16.   I'm Missin' Your Love
  17.   Matter of Time
  18.   Set You Free
  19.   You Are
  20.   Each Other
  21.   True Love
  22.   Miss You
  23.   You Might Win
  24.   I Get Lifted
  25.   Brotha Man
  26.   What Christmas Means
  27.   Be Mine For Christmas
  28.   Christmas Time Is Here
  29.   A Christmas Song For You
  30.   Can You Feel It
  31.   Promise to Love
  32.   Lullaby Noel
  33.   Tonight
  34.   The Soft Side of Love
  35.   Merry Christmas Baby
  36.   Mother's Love
  37.   Human Touch
  38.   My Favorite Thing by Ronald Isley
  39.   Love Never Fails
  40.   Don't Say Goodbye by L'Renee
  41.   Do What You Gotta Do
  42.   Saving My Love for You
  43.   Inside by David Sanborn
  44.   Downtown by Snoop Dogg
  45.   Home for Christmas
  46.   Bethlehem
  47.   Jesus
  48.   We Three Kings
  49.   The Christmas Song
  50.   Golden Days by Jill Scott
  51.   Fascination
  52.   This Place (Church of Today)
  53.   Hold On
  54.   Pray for Me
  55.   Cherish This Moment
  56.   When I'm Lovin You
  57.   Glorify The King
  58.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  59.   Doo Wop Christmas (That's What Christmas Is About)
  60.   Say Something Real
  61.   Beautiful World
  62.   Moments

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