Kem (singer)

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Birth name Kim Owens
Born Nashville, Tennessee
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.(
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer
Instruments vocals, piano/keyboards,
Years active 2001–present
Labels Motown

Kim Owens, professionally known as KEM, is a R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan.[1]


After finishing high school, KEM dealt with homelessness, addiction, and isolation from his family.

He did not overcome these issues until he turned to spirituality and music, as he has said, "My career didn't take off until I connected with my spirituality. That's why I take time on stage and on the album to administer spirituality to people. That's one of the things that I am most proud of." Kem is also very well received by older listeners of R&B/Soul for his classy sound and not incorporating elements of Hip-hop music.[1]


He wrote, produced, and financed his self-released debut album, Kemistry, with his American Express card and singing top 40 cover tunes in a wedding band and waiting tables.

He was later signed by Motown Records in November 2001, who re-released the album on February 25, 2003, and sold more than 500,000 copies nationwide. The album's first single, "Love Calls," became a hit at urban adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio, and USA Today pegged it early on as a "Motown classic." His debut went gold-plus.

He followed his debut release with a second album, Album II, released May 17, 2005 and sold more than 500,000 copies nationwide. It included the hit single "I Can't Stop Loving You," a # 1 at urban adult contemporary radio, and the song "You Might Win" featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica.

In 2013, he was featured on "My Favorite Thing," with American Recording Artist Ronald Isley which KEM wrote and produced. The song was the 2nd single from Ron Isley's album, This Song Is For You.[2]

In 2014, He sang the theme song on the syndicated daytime talk show Steve Harvey during the fourth season.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
US[3] US R&B[3]
2003 Kemistry
  • Released: February 25, 2003
  • Label: Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
90 14
2005 Album II
  • Released: May 17, 2005
  • Label: Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
5 1
  • US: Platinum[4]
2010 Intimacy: Album III
  • Released: August 17, 2010
  • Label: Universal Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
2 2
2014 Promise To Love
  • Released: August 25, 2014
  • Label: Kemistry/Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
3 1

Holiday albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US[3] US R&B[3]
2012 What Christmas Means
  • Released: October 16, 2012
  • Label: Kemistry/Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
64 9


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US[5] US R&B[6]
2003 "Love Calls" 106 25 Kemistry
2005 "I Can't Stop Loving You" 84 20 Album II
"Find Your Way (Back in My Life)" 37
"Into You" 79
2010 "Why Would You Stay" 102 17 Intimacy: Album III
"Share My Life" 25
2011 "If It's Love"
(featuring Maurissa Rose)
2012 "You're On My Mind" 27
2013 "My Favorite Thing"
(with Ronald Isley)
This Song Is For You and Promise To Love
2014 "It's You" 49 Promise To Love

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2005 Billboard Music Award win for Top Adult R&B Single of the Year: "I Can't Stop Loving You"
  • 2005 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Adult R&B Artist of the Year (lost to Fantasia).
  • 2011 53rd Grammy Awards Best R&B Male Performance (Nomination)
  • 2011 53rd Grammy Awards Best R&B Song "Why Would You Stay" (Nomination)


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