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Kem

Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter-producer KEM’s love of music began as a child. Music saw him through the darkest moments in his life, took him to the top of the industry’s record charts, and earned him a record deal with Universal Motown Records. A self-taught musician, KEM was born in Nashville and raised in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown Records.

Several years after high school, his life took a downward turn. He soon found himself in-and-out of drug rehab and homeless shelters. He hit rock bottom when he awoke one night sleeping outside after breaking shelter rules, and he became determined to clean up his act.

While waiting tables, and singing at weddings and other gigs around town, KEM continued to write and record his music. In March of 2002, he independently released his first CD, KEMISTRY, selling more than 10,000 CDs before piquing the interest of Universal Motown. KEMISTRY is a testament that soul has found new life in his music. The buzz behind KEMISTRY positioned the artist as a fan-driven phenomenon. His first album grabbed the attention of a multigenerational, multiethnic audience to the tune of over 500,000 CDs sold. The first single on KEMISTRY, “Love Calls,” garnered over 50,000 spins on Urban Adult Radio stations, making it the second most played record in 2003 and the most played record of 2004.

Fans anxiously awaited his next recording, ALBUM II. The CD was certified gold after only two weeks of release in May 2005. His popularity continued, resulting in his debut at number five on the pop albums charts. The hit single, “I Can't Stop Loving You” was designated as Radio & Records’ and Billboard’s number one Adult R&B Record of 2005. He was also named Radio & Records’ number two R&B artist that same year. Motown re-released the CD as a dual disc with a DVD featuring KEM's video and second hit single, “Find Your Way (Back in My Life).” He also received two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Song, “I Can't Stop Loving You.”

In addition to headlining national and international tours, KEM has shared the stage with Fantasia, Rahsaan Patterson, Ruben Studdard, Vivian Green, Goapele, Rachelle Farrell, Chaka Khan, and Kindred Family Soul. He performed during Super Bowl XL events in Detroit. He has also performed on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, at Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Benefit Concert, at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and during Black Music Month at the White House.

KEM's musical talent has been solicited by many artists and filmmakers. He wrote and performed “Tonight,” included on the soundtrack of the Tyler Perry movie Madea’s Family Reunion, and his remake of Nat King Cole’s ‘Fascination’ is featured in the Antonio Banderas movie Take the Lead.

Today KEM takes the opportunity to minister through music, sharing his life’s journey with his audience at every concert. He testifies openly about overcoming alcohol addiction and drug use, and touts his sobriety since 1990. He never neglects to give honor and glory to God for his achievements.

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