Kem Biography

Kem Owens, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Detroit-based R&B artist Kem battled through numerous setbacks before making his way to the upper reaches of the US charts in 2005. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, the self-taught musician initially struggled to make it in the music business and at times was left almost destitute. He made ends meet by working as a waiter and performing with a wedding band, and was able to raise enough money to finance the recording of his self-released debut album. Released in 2002, Kemistry sold well locally and its subtle jazz-infused R&B attracted the attention of Motown Records. Motown reissued the album nationally the following year, earning the singer a hit single (‘Love Calls’) and selling well enough to attain gold status. With the security of major label backing now behind him, Kem began work on a second album, once again handling production duties and calling on soul legend and personal hero Stevie Wonder to add harmonica to one track, ‘You Might Win’. The rather mundanely titled Album II was preceded by the hit single ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ and reached the US Top 5 in summer 2005.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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