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​The American R&B singer and songwriter will perform in Johannesburg for one night only. Expect to hear his many hit tunes.
THE American rhythm and blues crooner Kem Owens is billed to perform in Joburg for one night only on Sunday, 4 March as part of his 2012 promotional tour.

Kem Owens will perform for one night only in JoburgKem Owens will perform for one night only in JoburgOwen’s tour, which will also stop at two South African coastal cities before ending in Joburg, is organised by Afropulse Entertainment. “South Africa has the second highest number of album sales worldwide for Kem and he felt it was only right to bring the tour to his fans,” said Sabata Lechama, the company’s promoter.

Born Kim Owens in Nashville, Tennessee, Owens was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He began playing the piano at the age of five. By high school, he was singing in the choir and was a fan of jazz, R&B and pop acts like Grover Washington Jr, Al Jarreau, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan and Michael Jackson.

After finishing high school, he left his parent’s home at 19, only to wind up homeless with a drug and alcohol habit. The singer says he did not overcome these issues until he turned to spirituality and music.

Owens wrote and produced the music on his debut album, Kemistry, which was independently released in 2002; it was rereleased in 2003 after the singer was signed to Motown Records. The album went gold in the US, selling more than 500 000 copies. The single Love Calls became an instant hit, catapulting Owens into mainstream spotlight in the R&B, neo soul and soulful jazz genres.

In 2005, he released his second offering, Album II, which featured songs like I Can’t Stop Loving You and You Might Win, a collaboration with the legendary Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The album again sold more than half a million copies in the US, and reached the Top 20 of the top hip-hop and R&B albums chart.

His third album, Intimacy: Album III, was released in August 2010. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and featured the singles Why Would You Stay and Share My Life.

He won a Billboard Music Award for Top Adult R&B Single of the Year for I Can’ Stop Loving You, and in 2011 he was nominated for Grammy Awards for Best R&B Male Performance and Best R&B Song for Why Would You Stay.

Johannesburg fans can expect to hear Owens perform hit singles such as Love Calls, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Find Your Way (Back In My Life), Into You, Why Would You Stay, Share My Life and If It’s Love.

He will perform at the Standard Bank Arena in Ellis Park on Sunday, 4 March. Tickets for the concert are available at Computicket.

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