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Indie Soul: Kem

Phinesse Demps | 2/27/2015, 10 a.m.
Indie Soul has been lucky enough to see many artists perform live over the years, but the one artist that ...
Kem performed at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Sunday, February 15, 2015. (Photo: Phinesse Demps)

“I love performing in Baltimore. The people in Baltimore are going to get the BEST show out of all the shows we have.” —Kem

Indie Soul has been lucky enough to see many artists perform live over the years, but the one artist that we kept missing was Kem. On Sunday, February 15, 2015, not only did we get a chance to see Kem perform at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore but we also had a chance to talk to him about his music, what drives him, his show, and much more.

“God is in everything I do, so when I perform I am performing to thank Him for what He has done for me and also to touch the lives of those who come to see me perform,” said Kem.

For those who don’t know, Kem was an addict and homeless. He now readily admits the mistakes that he made and credits God for changing his life. “If it wasn’t for the grace of God, I would not be here today,” he said.

There is no doubt that Kem is thankful— it comes through in his performance. He gives his all in his performance and has a very clean show. He says that he is not doing it his way but the way that God has directed him— through song.

One of the things that Kem does during his show is to get couples to show love to one another, especially the men. In one set, Kem stepped into the audience and had the men sing a verse to their mates.

”When people come to see me perform, I want them to really enjoy themselves and be moved by love,” said Kem.

His CD “Promise to Love.” recently received a Grammy nomination. When asked what it meant to receive the nomination, he responded, “ We [performers] all want to be noticed for our work. To be nominated is a blessing and a honor.”

Kem believes that performers should be clear in their artistic vision. “Be true to yourself. Do not sell-out for the money and the other things that go with it. When you do that and keep God by your side, you will truly be blessed.” Kem said.

“Kemistry” is available on iTunes. For more information about Kem or to find out tour dates and locations, visit: www.musicbykem.com.