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Kem Biography


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Birth Name: Kem Owens
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Years Active: 2002-present
Genres: R&B, Soul, Jazz, Neo Soul


Kem Owens (born July 23, Nashville, Tennessee), professionally known as Kem, is an American R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan.

He wrote, produced, and financed his self-released debut album, "Kemistry," with his American Express card, singing Top 40 cover tunes in a wedding band and waiting tables. He was later signed by Motown Records in November 2001, which rereleased the album in February 2002. The single “Love Calls” was released and reached #25 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album peaked at #90 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA.

He followed his debut with a second album, “Album II,” released in May 2005 and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200. It included the hit single "I Can't Stop Loving You," which reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

“Intimacy: Album III,” his third studio album was released in August 2010 on Motown Records. The first single, “Why Would You Stay,” peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and at #14 and on the Heatseekers chart. Like his previous albums, it was self-produced. The album featured a duet with Maurissa Rose and spoken word by Jill Scott. The album reached #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-hop albums chart and on the Billboard 200 Albums chart becoming Kem's highest-charting LP to date. In March 2012, the album was certified gold by the RIAA.