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For Immediate Release

November 20, 2013


Detroit, MI – Motown Recording Artist KEM’s WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS Deluxe CD, in stores now is an expansion of his first Christmas album, WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS (which rose to #9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2012). The CD includes four newly-recorded bonus tracks (that KEM produced & executive produced), and is highlighted by the newly-recorded bonus track “JESUS” featuring legendary R&B artists, Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley.


“Working with Ms. Patti LaBelle and Mr. Isley on ‘JESUS’ was incredible,” reflected KEM. “When I was writing the song, I had them both in mind, but to actually hear each of their unmistakable voices on the record, it’s a beautiful thing and an absolute blessing. This was my first time working with Ms. Patti in the studio. She was sharp, she was elegant, she was a true professional, she was very sweet to me and she has become one of my favorite people on the planet.”


KEM’s fans have taken to social media sites to rave about the new song, and the new collaboration with Ms. Patti and Mr. Isley:


Shirley TJ: “love this song – brings tears to my eyes.”


Maurisa Banks: “Everyday…Every morning…this song does it.”


Ray Richmond: “I love this! Lord I thank you for real music! Music that makes sense!”


Marie Bazemore: “Love, love, love this song!!”


M Toni Miller: “The three of you together is pure heaven!”


Catherine Coombs: “LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, the collaboration is AWESOME!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR GIVING BACK!!”


Irene Williams: “Listen to it all the time….Love it, Kem…”


Jaune DeFils: “Gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.”


What Christmas Means Deluxe, a 14-song album that weaves new and original Christmas compositions co-written by KEM, his daughter Troi and Melanie Rutherford, along with traditional holiday classics. The Deluxe CD also features a duet with Verve recording artist Ledisi“BE MINE FOR CHRISTMAS.” KEM produced and recorded the CD at state-of-the-art Studio A Recording in nearby Dearborn Heights, MI.


KEM’s first Christmas album, What Christmas Means, was released on October 16, 2012. After the holiday season, the album had sold 76,000 copies, making it the #3 highest-selling Urban Christmas record in one season. Two tracks from the CD were nominated for the 44th NAACP Image Awards in 2013. “Glorify The King” and “Be Mine For Christmas (ft. Ledisi)” were both nominated in the ‘Outstanding Song’ category.


The final sequence for WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS – DELUXE EDITION is: 1. Glorify The King 2. What Christmas Means 3. A Christmas Song For You 4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 5. Christmas Time Is Here 6. The Christmas Song 7. Be Mine For Christmas ft. Ledisi 8. Merry Christmas Baby 9. We Three Kings 10. Doo Wop Christmas (That’s What Christmas Is All About) BONUS TRACKS: 11. Jesus ft. Patti LaBelle & Ronald Isley 12. Bethlehem 13. Home For Christmas 14. Lullaby Noel.



Download links for WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS DELUXE and the singles: “JESUS” and “BE MINE FOR CHRISTMAS” are available for album review and for radio airplay.


About KEM:

In February 2001, Motown Recording Artist KEM independently released his first CD, KEMISTRY, on his Kemistry Records label, selling nearly 15,000 units, after which, he was signed by Universal Motown. Motown re-released KEMISTRY in 2002, released KEM ALBUM II in May 2005 and INTIMACY in August 2010, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list and certified Gold in March 2012. KEMISTRY, KEM ALBUM II and INTIMACY: ALBUM III have each been certified RIAA gold, and worldwide sales are in excess of 2.4 million copies. In 2012, KEM founded Mack & Third, Inc., a Michigan domestic non-profit corporation that assists organizations that support the homeless community, including shelters and organizations which supported KEM throughout his journey from homelessness & addiction to sobriety & success. KEM’s ‘Mack & Third’ event is an all-day free concert to benefit and recognize Detroit’s homeless citizens. The 2012 event was attended by 55,000 fans and collected in excess of 130,000 canned goods. KEM’s Christmas album, WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS, was released on October 16, 2012. After the holiday season, the album had sold 76,000 copies, making it the #3 highest-selling Urban Christmas record in one season. KEM wrote and recorded a duet with Ronald Isley entitled “My Favorite Thing,” which was released as the second single from Ron Isley’s 2013 CD, ”This Song Is For You.”