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

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