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Interview:
Detroit's own KEM comes home for the holiday
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's a bit too early for KEM to start singing "Auld Lang Syne."

But the Detroit singer is definitely about to turn his latest album, 2014's "Promise To Love," into an old acquaintance as he forges on to something new.

"I've got ideas in the incubator right now," KEM (real name Kim Owens) says by phone. I have a lot of sketches for a lot of songs and I"m putting thoughts together. 2016 will be a year of writing and recording, and I'm looking forward to doing that."

He's predicting a particular direction for what will be his sixth album, except to say that, "I'll be looking to make it interesting without alienating people who love (his 2003 debut) "Kemistry.' You'll still be able to get your Kemistry on." Collaborations will be a priority, too; "Promise To Love" -- which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart -- included guest appearances by Ronald Isley and Snoop Dogg, and KEM hopes to be just as intriguing next time out.

"I'd love to do something with Sade if that's possible," he says with a laugh. "If you've got a line on her, drop her a line, tell her to 'Holla at yo boy!'"

For the balance of the year sending "Promise To Love" off with headline shows after spending much of the year on the road with Charlie Wilson.

"It's good to be back in the theater setting, the more intimate settings," KEM acknowledges. "The show has changed quite a bit. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised to see (the who) in a new light.

"I may do a couple of Christmas songs. I do have a holiday album out (2012's 'What Christmas Means'), so it's probably the right thing to do. But I'm not gonna go all-in on Christmas; It's just the end of the Thanksgiving season, y'know?"

KEM

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $55-$108 and include a copy of KEM's latest album, "Promise To Love."

Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.


Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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