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

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