Above: Promotional photo of Kem live in South Africa.
Kem is performing at 4th & B on April 1st, 2011 at 8:30p.m. There is perhaps no greater story in modern soul music of the power of redemption and faith than that of Kem. Through his tribulations and ultimate success, he has become an inspiration to many and a role model to a generation of young, independent artists.
Born in Nashville and raised in a middle-class Detroit suburb, Kem's life took an unfortunate turn after high school. Instead of advancing toward his dreams of musical success, he succumbed to a difficult combination of self-doubt, homelessness and addiction that lasted for nearly a half decade. He ultimately found rehabilitation through faith and music, and began again a long trek toward a goal of establishing a successful career as a singer and helping resurrect soul music on urban radio in the process.