Sunday was a night for lovers. Motown Recording Artist and R&B singer Kem was in town to serenade couples that braved the cold winter night to catch his "All About Love Valentines Show" at the Playhouse Square Theater in Cleveland, Ohio. Perfectly paired with Grammy- winner Chrisette Michele who helped to heat things up with her own soulful sound. Rocking a red dress that hugged her in all the right places. Chrisette Michele had fans up and out of their seats as she belted tunes from her past and present albums. Before ending her set with the lastest single off of her "Better" album (2013) "A Couple Of Forevers". She shared some personal moments, that made her more relatable to fans, she said that she still listens to her mom and takes her advice and even credits her for the woman that she is today.
Once Kem took the stage, that's when the "grown folk" talk began and things really began to heat up. Letting fans know up front the night was for the ladies, and Kem even gave props to the men who were there and missing out on the NBA All-Star game so that they could be at the concert with their women. He assured the men they're unselfish gesture would no doubt pay off at the end of the evening.
Kem, the lyrical genius behind the hits "Why Would You Stay", "Love Calls" and "Share My Life" has a natural knack for making a woman feel that he's singing only to her. While the words seemed to flow effortlessly off Kem's lips Sunday. Life hasn't always been easy for the self taught musician. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Kem found himself at one point in life homeless and battling a drug addiction. When he hit rock bottom he turned to music , it being the only thing he knew that brought him comfort. While working odd end jobs to survive. He would write and produce music in his spare time and in 2002 he independently released his first CD KEMISTRY (Album I) it sold a modest 10,000 copies but the fans loved it and wanted more. Soon the buzz around the album caused music execs at Universal Motown to take notice of the soulful crooner. After inking a record deal, Motown re-released KEMISTRY in 2003 and it then sold over 500,000 copies and the albums first single "Love Calls" became an instant hit on the radio. Kem would go onto release more CD's "KEM" Album II (2005), "Intimacy" Album (2010) and his most recent "What Christmas Means" (2012) with a promise of a new record coming later this year.
Kem has toured the world, won many awards, been nominated twice for a Grammy. He along with his music has been featured in movies. Kem frequently makes appearances on other artist albums, his most recent is on Ronald Isley's solo album "My Favorite Thing".
There are many layers to Kem and some how they all come together and fit just right. Kem was able to turn his life around and he gives credit and praise to God for helping him, and freely admits to fans his past short comings and reminds them that with God all things are possible.