A true success story is really
the highlight of real determination and dedication such is the
case of talented singer Kem Owens.
With the success of his debut album, Kemistry
Kem is really to tackle the spotlight again with the release of
his yet-to-be-titled sophomore set.
Kem, who is a self-taught
musician, wrote and produced Kemistry, put it out on his own label
and sold some 10,000 copies before Motown came knocking to sign
His story is very much the
same of any other. He was born in Nashville but raised in Detroit,
(coincidentally the birthplace of Motown
Records). From an early age he knew what he wanted
to do in life "I wanted to make music all of my life. I started
playing piano when I was five," he recalls. "My grandparents
had a piano in their house and my earliest memory of playing was
on that piano. There's something about a piano that turns me on."
With musical influences coming
from the likes of talented musicians and songwriters such as Grover
Washington Jr, Steely Dan,
Stevie Wonder, The
O'Jay's and Prince,
Kem found his muse in their music and would carved a nitch for
himself as an artist. Never losing focus of his dream to be an
artist, he did the odd jobs to pave the way from busting tables
to singing top 40 music for a wedding band but he never lost sight
and eventually opportunities arose. With the success of Kemistry,
he would form his band and share the same stage with acts such
Donald Byrd, Rachelle Ferrell
and MeShell N'degeocello.
The lead off single is the
soothing, mystical ballad 'I can't stop
loving you'. Kem brings alive a song of exquisite quality,
with his sweet baritone voice breathing life into the words created
to waken those sensual feelings that you want to share with that
some one you care deeply about. The production is top draw merited
by the song's carefully crafted overtures and strings - one you'll
want to put 'repeat' on your playlist.
If this song is any indication
to what we have to look forward to on the full length then we
are in for a treat. A worthy TY-D pick
indeed - period
Listen to Kem
can't stop loving you'