Kem is performing at the 2014 Tom Joyner family Reunion Sky Show on Friday, August 29th! His new CD, “Promise to Love” goes on sale August 26th.

He stopped by the TJMS to talk about his new music and much more!

Click the links above to hear or read the entire interview below:

TJ:  Kem.

KEM:  What’s going on, man?

TOM JOYNER:  What’s going on, man?

SYBIL WILKES:  We need promise to love.

KEM:  Promise to love.

TOM JOYNER:  Man, it’s tight out here, isn’t it?

KEM:  That’s right.

TOM JOYNER:  Man, this whole thing in Ferguson.

KEM:  Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  And sending Eric Holder in now, Attorney General.  It’s getting rough.

KEM:  I think they need to, yeah.


KEM:  Yeah, I think they need to.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, yeah.  All right, let’s change gears here.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Let’s get it smooth, eh?  Smooth it out.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, let’s get smooth.  Let’s get smooth.  First of all, I have a favor to ask.

KEM:  Yeah?

TOM JOYNER:  Sybil’s birthday is coming up this tomorrow.

SYBIL WILKES:  It’s tomorrow.

KEM:  It’s tomorrow.

TOM JOYNER:  It’s tomorrow, it’s tomorrow.


TOM JOYNER:  Sybil’s birthday is tomorrow, you’re here today.

KEM:  Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  If you could bang out a Happy Birthday …

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Bang out Sybil?  (Laughter) You can bang out Sybil.

TOM JOYNER:  It’s early in the morning.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  He’ll be holding it to you.

SYBIL WILKES:  It wasn’t the way I would’ve asked him.

TOM JOYNER:  You wouldn’t have put it quite that way.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  You can’t top that with a car.

TOM JOYNER:  Not in …

SYBIL WILKES:  Off air, maybe, Kem, but

TOM JOYNER:  But you can’t bang out a Happy Birthday.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Bang out Sybil.  (Laugh)

SYBIL WILKES:  Bang out a Happy Birthday.

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Put my name on that bang.  (Laughter)

SYBIL WILKES:  Now you’re ruining the moment, Jay.  (Laughter)

TOM JOYNER:  Kem is going to be with us at the Family Reunion.

SYBIL WILKES:  Yes, he is.

JAB:  Yes, he will.

TOM JOYNER:  And I don’t know, when have you been home last?  Because every time you go to a market to promote your new music …

KEM:  Yeah?

TOM JOYNER:  … I hear about it, because in Texas they text me at 646464, and you’ve been a lot of places.  When the last time you’ve been back to Detroit?

KEM:  It’s been a minute.  You know, I told you, we already are promoting Promise To Love, which is out on August 25th, like I’m running for President.  I’m campaigning like I’m running for President.  But, you know, serious talk though, I don’t take my listenership for granted

TOM JOYNER:  No, you don’t.  You never have.

KEM:  So it’s important to go into these markets and see people face to face and thank them, you know, for their support of this classic R&B music face to face.  You know, I learned that from you, man.  I learned that from you, getting up at 3, 4 o’clock in the morning, man, out in the parking lot of Ralph’s and Kroger’s, you know what I mean?  (Laughter)

TOM JOYNER:  I like hugs and kisses.  You know?  Nice bosomy hugs too.

KEM:  Yeah, nothing happens without the people, man.  You got to let the people know you appreciate them.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  And you do, you do.

SYBIL WILKES:  And this will coincide with your fundraising event, your charity, Mack and Third.

KEM:  Right, Mack and Third.

TOM JOYNER:  It’s time for that again.

KEM:  Mack and Third Live is happening on the 24th, the day before the release of the album, in Detroit.  It’s an event, it’s a flagship event of my foundation, Mack and Third, which puts resources back in the hands of organizations and individuals that help people, like the people that helped me when I was homeless and in my addiction in Detroit.  It’s a concert, it’s a benefit, people can come and get, you know, wellness services, blood pressure, cholesterol, activities for the kids, feed the homeless, collect canned goods, you know, so it’s good, I’m performing, and I’ve got some good friends of mine, and yours, the OJ’s are performing as well.



KEM:  So it’s going to be a, we’re going to have a good time.

TOM JOYNER:  Good, good, good.  And you’re raising money for your foundation.

KEM:  Yes, sir.  Yes, sir.

TOM JOYNER:  Okay.  Let me donate $5,000 to your foundation.  From me personally.

KEM:  I appreciate that, man.


KEM:  Thank you so much.

SYBIL WILKES:  Very nice.

KEM:  Yeah, absolutely.

TOM JOYNER:  Because your foundation helps …

SYBIL WILKES:  The people of Detroit.

KEM:  It helps people of the metropolitan Detroit area.

SYBIL WILKES:  Put Sybil down and me for $5,000.

TOM JOYNER:  Put Sybil, put your name on this too?


TOM JOYNER:  Put your name on this $5,000?

SYBIL WILKES:  Jay would like to donate $5,000.


TOM JOYNER:  Put your name on the $5,000 donation?

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Yes, yes.  (Laugh) It’s for a good cause, right?


J. ANTHONY BROWN:  Put my name on it.

TOM JOYNER:  Put your name on it.

KEM:  Yeah, but we’re helping people in the city of Detroit.

TOM JOYNER:  You’re not going to put anything on it?

J. ANTHONY BROWN:  I just did.  (Laughter)


TOM JOYNER:  When we come back we’ll talk about the new music, and KEM will bang out Happy Birthday.

KEM:  Watch out, now.

TOM JOYNER:  Promise To Love.

SYBIL WILKES:  That’s the new CD coming out next week.

TOM JOYNER:  It goes on sale next week.

KEM:  Yes, sir.

TOM JOYNER:  Kem, all right, let’s take a listen to this new CD.  This is called Nobody.



TOM JOYNER:  Ron Isley is featured?

KEM:  Yeah, Ron Isley on My Favorite Thing, yeah, yeah, you know about that.


TOM JOYNER:  This sounds real for you.

KEM:  Oh, yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  Don’t Say Goodbye.

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