*KEM knows how to make love to an audience.
Through his lyrics he sends love songs to the women in the audience, singing sweet nothings in their ears, while at the same time making each one believe he’s singing only to her.
He demonstrated the ability recently when his 2011 ‘Intimacy Tour’ rolled through Los Angeles stopping at Club Nokia where the R&B crooner performed for an appreciative and packed house.
The tour is named after KEM’s third album, “Intimacy,’ which was released to critical acclaim and impressive numbers. 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.
Decked out in a chic gray suit, gray, silk handkerchief, black shirt, gray hat and black patent leather shoes, KEM waxed lyrical for nearly two hours, singing classic songs from 2003’s ‘Kemistry’ and 2005’s ‘Kem II,’ as well as his latest set on Universal Motown Records, ‘Initimacy.’
The Detroit-based singer-songwriter-producer, accompanied by three backup singers and a seven-piece band, opened up the show with ‘You’re On My Mind, to the delight of his audience, who swayed back and forth with each skillfully-delivered note.
With pictures and video projected on the backdrop, KEM glided easily from one sexy romp to the next. Intermittently, he would stop and say something to the audience, keeping them fully engaged.
On ‘Golden Days’ he revealed he wrote the anthem for his daughters and his ‘sistahs,’ to instill in them a sense of pride and self-worth.
“I wanted them to know they didn’t need to seek anything outside of themselves to be OK,” said KEM. “You don’t need a man to be OK. I want my daughters and sistahs to know you’re already complete.”
Of course, the women in the audience – those with dates and those without, screamed with delight.
KEM added, “I’m not doggin the brothers.”
Just before he launched into “Love Never Fails,” KEM said he wrote the song in Detroit while thinking about the women that “taught me how to love.”
His voice was crisp, his banter with the audience was both comical and sincere. One woman in the audience who was filming the singer was surprised when he asked for the camera and then sang directly into it for her – giving her the perfect vantage point.
Angel Tang and George Gallegos were in the audience. They were engaged when KEM’s “KEM II” was released. They broke up, but came back together on “Intimacy.”
Tang couldn’t keep still in her seat, exclaiming on several occasions, “I love him.” Gallegos didn’t seem to mind.
KEM kept his audience on the edge of their seats as he mixed up his set with both up-tempo, mid-tempo and love-making selections that included “If It’s Love,” ‘Why Would You Stay,” “Find Your Way (Back in My Life),” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Love Calls,” “Can You Feel It,” “I Get Lifted” and his current hit, “Share My Life.”
Singer Timothy Bloom opened for KEM, showcasing his singing and musician skills. He let loose with the ultra-sexy, ”Til The End of Time,’ featuring the incredible vocals of ‘V.”
KEM has added three additional shows to the tour, which includes a second stop in Detroit. The three new dates added will feature Fantasia. The opening lineup for most other dates on the tour includes Musiq Soulchild (who originally replaced El DeBarge on the tour) and Ledisi.
For tour information: www.MusicByKEM.com.
Watch Kem perform “Love Calls” Live: