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Kem

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A Nashville-born, Detroit-based singer, songwriter, musician, and manufacturer, Kem (given birth to Kim Owens) overcame homelessness and dependence on become perhaps one of the most popular adult modern R&B artists from the 2000s and early 2010s. Known for his warm, mellow, and positive audio, the Grammy-nominated musician continued the tradition from the calm storm radio structure — exemplified by famous brands Smokey Robinson, the Isley Brothers, and Anita Baker — with a reliable supply of intimate and introspective ballads. Kem funded the documenting of his self-released debut, Kemistry, by functioning being a waiter so when a vocalist in a marriage music group. After he marketed 10,000 copies, the disk was found by Motown for countrywide release in Feb 2003. The record eventually reached the very best 20 of the very best Hip-Hop/R&B Albums graph. Its follow-up, Record II, arrived in-may 2005. Like its forerunner, it reached yellow metal status; it marketed over 500,000 copies within the U.S. For a couple years, Kem was much less active being a saving musician, though he do show up on the 4th quantity in Guru’s Jazzmatazz series. Kem’s third record for Motown, entitled Intimacy, was released in August 2010, debuted at number 2 for the Billboard 200, and proceeded to go gold aswell; the solo “Why CAN YOU State” was nominated for Grammy honours in the types of Greatest R&B Male Efficiency and Greatest R&B Song. Any occasion album, What Xmas Means, emerged in 2012. The next season, Ronald Isley’s This Tune Is for you personally premiered, highlighted by “THE BEST Thing,” a tune Kem had written and produced. Guarantee to Appreciate, his fourth correct record of reliably soft, gently uplifting materials, found its way to August 2014.

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Full Name Kem
Died July 10, 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Nationality American
Children Troi Owens, Laylah Owens
Music Songs Love Calls, Share My Life, I Can't Stop Loving You, Why Would You Stay - Main, You're on My Mind, Promise to Love, It's You, Find Your Way, If It's Love, A Christmas Song for You, Glorify the King, When I'm Loving You, Cherish This Moment, Heaven, Be Mine for Christmas, Saving My Love for You, The Soft Side of Love, Nobody, Brotha Man, I'm Missin' Your Love, Jesus, Set You Free, Say Something Real, Love Never Fails, You Might Win, Doo Wop Christmas, Human Touch, I Get Lifted, Say, Can You Feel It, Golden Days, Lullaby Noel
Albums Kemistry, Intimacy: Album III, Album II, What Christmas Means, Promise To Love, Intimacy
Nominations Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance, BET Centric Award, Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Male Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Movies Sparkle


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 performer: "Hold On" / writer: "Hold On"
Kem: It's You 2014 Video short performer: "It's You" / writer: "It's You"
Good Deeds 2012 performer: "Can You Feel It" / writer: "Can You Feel It" - as Kim Owens
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special performer: "Been So Long"
Detroit 1-8-7 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Take the Lead 2006 performer: "Fascination" / producer: "Fascination"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sparkle 2012/I Buddy (as Kem L. Owens)
Organic Soul 2003 TV Movie

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kem: It's You 2014 Video short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hot 10 TV Series thanks - 2 episodes, 2011 special thanks - 1 episode, 2011

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
2014 Soul Train Awards 2014 TV Movie Himself
Steve Harvey 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Tavis Smiley 2005-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
BET Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself
Kem: It's You 2014 Video short Himself
One Christmas 2013 TV Special Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The BET Honors 2013 TV Movie Himself
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival 2011 TV Movie Himself
The Hot 10 2011 TV Series Himself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Hot 50 of 2010 Countdown 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005 TV Series Himself
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
Showtime at the Apollo 2005 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 2003 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional R&B Performance For the song "Nobody."
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Male Artist
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Music Video Kem: It's You (2014)
2011 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Song For the song "Why Would You Say."


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