PLATINUM-SELLING ARTIST KEM CROWNED AS MEDIABASE’S 2015 URBAN AC ARTIST OF THE YEAR!
KEM’S HIT SINGLE, “NOBODY” NAMED URBAN AC SONG OF THE YEAR KEM’S CURRENT SINGLE, “PROMISE TO LOVE,” CLIMBS TO #10 ON THE MEDIABASE URBAN AC CHART ￼ ‘PROMISE TO LOVE’ CD AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ON iTUNES & AMAZON “
’Promise To Love’ is packed with the type of candlelit R&B serenades that the Nashville-born, Detroit-bred singer [KEM] has built his career on…. The music feels timeless – much of it could have been released 20, 30, even 40 years ago – but it still pulses with urgency.” – Houston Chronicle “Sensuality, spirituality and homespun wisdom…delivered atop elegant ballads and meticulous, mid-tempo grooves: KEM’s signature style has…endeared him to fans of ‘grown and sexy’ R&B.” – SoulTracks.com Detroit, MI — (December 2, 2015) – Platinum-selling and three-time GRAMMY®-nominated artist, KEM, has been crowned as the Mediabase 2015 Urban Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year. Mediabase has also named KEM’s hit single, “Nobody,” as the Urban Adult Contemporary Song of the Year. KEM’s current single and title track, “Promise to Love,” is climbing the charts and has risen to #10 on the Mediabase Urban AC chart this week. PROMISE TO LOVE, KEM’s fourth studio album on the Motown label, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and is the singer/songwriter/producer’s 2nd #1 debut on the R&B chart (INTIMACY).
The album debuted at #3 on the Top 200 Albums chart and spent 32 consecutive weeks (33 total weeks) in the Top 20 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart. PROMISE TO LOVE is powered by two #1 hit singles, “It’s You” and “Nobody,” marking the first time KEM has had two #1 songs from the same CD. The album’s second single, “Nobody,” earned a third GRAMMY® nomination for KEM and was the #1 UAC song for 9 consecutive weeks, topping the charts for a total of 10 weeks. The single was in the Top 10 for 37 consecutive weeks. The first single, “It’s You,” was #1 atop the charts for 4 consecutive weeks, and spent 5 weeks total at #1. Additionally, KEM was one of the Top 5 Adult R&B Artists of 2014, according to Billboard. “It’s such an honor to be recognized by the industry for your work,” said KEM. “I’m so grateful for the success of this album, and can’t say enough to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the fans, radio programmers & DJs, my label and my team. It’s truly a blessing.”
PROMISE TO LOVE also includes guest appearances from Snoop Dogg on “Downtown,” Ronald Isley on “My Favorite Thing” and Kemistry Records Artist, LRenee, on her debut single, “Don’t Say Goodbye.” KEM wrapped his PROMISE TO LOVE U.S. Headlining Tour in Baltimore on Sunday, November 29, where he delivered an electrifying live performance of his classic hits, including “Love Calls,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Share My Life,” “Why Would You Stay,” “Heaven” and “You’re On My Mind,” along with new favorites from his PROMISE TO LOVE album, including the dynamic, chart-topping singles, “It’s You” and “Nobody” and the title track, “Promise to Love.” PROMISE TO LOVE is available at retail stores, on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/KemPTLDLX) and on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Love-Kem/dp/B00LRCVEU0/?TAG=capitrecor-20).
About KEM: In 2001, KEM independently released his first CD, KEMISTRY, on his Kemistry Records label, selling nearly 15,000 units, after which, he was signed by Universal Motown. Motown re-released KEMISTRY in 2002, released KEM ALBUM II in May 2005 and INTIMACY in August 2010, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list and was certified Gold in March 2012.KEM’s first three studio albums on the Motown label garnered him national critical and commercial acclaim, including two GRAMMY® nominations, a Soul Train award nomination and a BET Centric Award nomination. Kemistry, Album II, and Intimacy have each been certified RIAA gold, and worldwide sales are in excess of 2.5 million copies. KEM’s Christmas album, WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS, was released on October 16, 2012. After the holiday season, the album had sold 76,000 copies, making it the #3 highest-selling Urban Christmas record in one season. KEM wrote and recorded a duet with Ronald Isley entitled “My Favorite Thing,” which was released as the second single from Ron Isley’s 2013 CD, ”This Song Is For You.” KEM re-released his WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS DELUXE project in October 2013, which included four bonus tracks. The added track, “Jesus” features Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley.
In December 2013, KEM presented the ‘KEM & Friends: What Christmas Means Holiday Tour,’ a holiday-themed concert with a storyline narrated by actor/comedian Anthony Anderson and featuring KEM & his R&B friends Patti LaBelle, Ronald Isley and Avery Sunshine. Performances of their hits, as well as Christmas original & classic songs together on stage, took audiences on a never-seen-before uplifting holiday journey. KEM’s fourth studio album, PROMISE TO LOVE, was released on the Motown label on August 25, 2014, and debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and at #1 on the R&B Albums Chart. PROMISE TO LOVE produced two #1 hit singles (“It’s You” and “Nobody”), marking the first time KEM has had two #1 songs from the same album. KEM received his third career GRAMMY® nomination for “Nobody.” Earlier in 2015, KEM toured with Charlie Wilson on his 44-city ‘Forever Charlie Tour,’ and recently wrapped his own headlining ‘PROMISE TO LOVE Tour.’ For more information on KEM, visit: Website: www.musicbykem.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/musicbykem Twitter and Instagram: @MusicByKEM ￼￼