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

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