Kim Owens (born July 23, 1969), better known by his stage name Kem [1][2][3] is an American R&B/Soul singer–songwriter, and producer. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, KEM was raised in Detroit, Michigan.[4]

Birth nameKim Owens
Also known asKem
Born (1969-07-23) July 23, 1969 (age 50)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OriginPontiac, Michigan, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
Years active1999–present


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 only official single was "Love Calls". 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.[5] In 2014, he sang the Grammy nominated hit song ¨Nobody¨ on the syndicated daytime talk show Steve Harvey during the fourth season.


Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
US[6] US R&B[6]
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
  • RIAA: Platinum[7]
2010 Intimacy: Album III 2 2
2014 Promise To Love
  • Released: August 25, 2014
  • Label: Kemistry/Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
3 1

Holiday albumsEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions
US[6] US R&B[6]
2012 What Christmas Means
  • Released: October 16, 2012
  • Label: Kemistry/Motown
  • Format: CD, digital download
64 9


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US[8] US R&B[9]
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 nominationsEdit

  • 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 “Why Would You Stay” (Nomination)
  • 2011 53rd Grammy Awards Best R&B Song "Why Would You Stay" (Nomination)


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Kem Biography". All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  2. ^ Johnson, Gwen B. "KEM: From Addiction and Homelessness to 25 Years of Sobriety and Hope". Minority Print Media, L.L.C. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  3. ^ Nero, Mark Edward. "Kem Biography". About Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ Kem. Billboards
  5. ^ "Ronald Isley, 'My Favorite Thing': Exclusive Song Premiere". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 12, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kem > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic.
  7. ^ a b c "Gold & Platinum – Kem". RIAA. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  8. ^ Kem. Chart history. Billboard
  9. ^ Kem. Chart history. Billboard

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