Crooner KEM was born and raised in Detroit. He was also homeless in Detroit before scoring a record deal that made him the household name he is today. Despite his success, he’s never forgotten his struggle. That’s why for the third year, he’s hosting his “KEM Presents Mack and Third Live: A Call to Service” charity event, a weekend to benefit the homeless at Cass Park. This Sunday, August 25, KEM will be joined by local homeless organizations for a day that provides free health screenings, meals and services to the homeless. There is also a food drive, which last year drew 52,000 people and collected 100,000 canned goods. KEM will perform and provide “A Meal and a Message” for Detroit’s low income and homeless population and he’ll be joined by Frankie Beverly and Maze who will also perform. No purchase or donation is mandatory to attend, although a $5 donation or the equivalent in canned goods is suggested. You can bring the canned food or your donation to the park with you, or you can text “mackandthird” to 80802.
"Mack & Third is about giving back," said KEM. "I've been fortunate to overcome many obstacles including being addicted and homeless. If it weren't for organizations like the Detroit Rescue Mission and the NSO, I wouldn't be where I am today. I want to encourage others in their current situations by offering something tangible like a meal, along with the hope that things can get better. By sharing my music with a free concert, I also hope to inspire others to give back."
KEM’s latest release “Intimacy” was certified gold earlier this year. His next CD “What Christmas Means” is scheduled for release this October. To stay informed about his next tour and record, go to www.musicbykem.com.
For more information on vendors, sponsors and how you can contribute or volunteer, go to www.mackandthird.org.