*Universal Motown Records hosted a private celebration party for their resident smooth and savvy soul master KEM on the release of his new album, Intimacy, on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Chelsea’s famous watering spot, Tillman’s, on West 26th Street.
KEM returned to the Billboard 200 chart with his album, Intimacy, which dropped on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at No. 2, marking the highest new entry to the chart and one of the year’s best opening weeks for an urban AC artist. It is also KEM’s highest debut since 2005’s KEM Album II entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 5.
Within hours of its release, the deluxe edition of Intimacy commanded the No. 1 spot on iTunes’ Top R&B Albums chart and quickly shot to No. 6 on iTunes’ overall Top Albums chart.
It’s a remarkable feat for an urban adult contemporary artist whose previous albums — 2002’s Kemistry and 2005’s Kem Album II, both certified gold — have collectively sold more than 1.5 million units largely due to physical sales in stores. Indeed, his newfound success in the digital music marketplace is a testament to his stature as a leading man in the world of R&B music.
After seemingly a hiatus from the music industry, the soulful singer returns with an insightful collection of love ballads reflective of the inner thoughts of a man seeking to understand Intimacy, the title of his third release.
Fans get ready as KEM reveals his heart with the comeback Intimacy that is composed primarily of soulful love ballads in which he delivers his signature timeless music for the grown and sexy.
Stepping out of his box, KEM who self-produced his first two CDs, Kemistry and KEM Album II, opens up creatively featuring a string orchestra; collaborating with producers; and performing two duets.
“The moment you realize you’re not alone is your finest hour,” said KEM. “When I embraced the revelation that life is about connecting with others, a willingness to be vulnerable and the shared experiences created, I came to a place of self-acceptance. It opened me up to explore new facets of my current relationships, develop new relationships, and to be open to working with others. Now, I’m ready to step out — share my life and my new music.”
As guests enjoyed delicious signature treats and libations, DJ Dallas Green entertained the close crowd spinning a selection of great music from KEM’s Motown & Universal labelmates, the small gathering of discerning music invitees had one thing on their mind . . . the soothing sounds of KEM.
Halfway through the party the singer, songwriter and producer was introduced to the invitees by Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone who praised KEM for his third chartbustin’ album and for having his highest debut album since his 2005 KEM Album II.
And as his music wafted throughout the cozy nightclub where the famous come to enjoy intimacy, KEM greeted all of his guests collecting nothing but rave reviews for his latest effortless music triumph as a new bride & groom collect envelopes at their wedding. (Photos by John Ricard)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.