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If you like to seduce or be seduced, chances are you’re familiar with the Detroit-based crooner known as KEM. Born Kem Owens, he struggled with addiction and homelessness before finding his way through music. His jazz-inflected R&B has been seducing his fans since the release of his debut CD “Kemistry” in 2003. His third CD, “Intimacy Album II” was just certified gold and his new video “You’re On My Mind” featuring Bruce Bruce, Anthony Anderson and Goapele has recently been released.

But KEM is more than just a crooner; he’s become a philanthropist in his native Detroit. His third annual “Mack and Third” free concert to benefit the homeless takes place in Detroit on August 26th this year. His second concert was able to feed over 2,100 homeless individuals and received over 100,000 donations of canned food. His charitable achievements have come to the attention of some important people. Next week, KEM will be honored by the National Association of Securities Professionals as a Community Warrior.

“KEM’s impassioned “choice” to be a true Detroiter – as an agent for change & hope in a desperate community with his ‘Mack & Third’ event – makes him a natural choice for us,” the NASP said in a release. “Very similar to the push that is “Mack & Third,” NASP-Detroit works very hard for the community through our signature events.”

If you are interested in supporting KEM and want to be involved with the “Mack and Third” event, you can be.Contact info (for sponsorships, donations, volunteering, etc.) is available at or by calling (313) 883-1118. Check out a recap of the 2011 event, which attracted over 50,000 people here. (Password: KEM).

KEM makes his acting debut in August just before the “Mack and Third” event. He joins the late Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter and Derek Luke in the remake of “Sparkle,” out in theatres on August 17th.

For more news and information about Kem, check out his official site

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