From Homeless To Superstar: How R&B Singer KEM Overcame His Demons To ‘Live A Charmed Life’
The stylish and smooth R&B singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]KEM[/lastfm] is just one of the outstanding artists on the bill for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz WAVEFEST happening this Saturday, May 7th at the Greek Theatre! [photogallerylink id=35280 align=left]
There’s no place like the intimate Greek Theatre to hear a singer like KEM at his finest, combining elements of inspiration from his role model Al Jarreau into his style. And for KEM, being able to perform on stage and live the life of a dynamic R&B singer comes after a long, bumpy road of hard living on the streets. Listen to KEM share his powerful story going from homeless to superstar in his interview with Pat & Kim this morning!
[pullquote quote="I carry a message of hope and encouragement to other people who are going through things, and let them know they can overcome to." credit="KEM"]
As KEM puts it himself, the singer overcame many obstacles going from a “recovering homeless person and addict” to get to where he is today. But to him, it was a lesson in life that served a very valuable purpose.
“I don’t have any regrets about my past, because I’ve learned things in my life that allow me to live the life I live today,” KEM tells Pat & Kim. “I carry a message of hope and encouragement to other people who are going through things, and let them know they can overcome to. So we’re bringing all of that to the WAVEFEST. I live a charmed life.”
And he’s overcome with grace, dignity and strength to become one of the most notable R&B singers today. He draws comparisons to the great jazz singer and KEM’s role model Al Jarreau in his vocal styling.
“Al really validated for me the idea of taking the overtones of jazz and scatting and not being afraid to do that,” says KEM. “There was a place for that in mainstream radio.”
Pat & Kim cover much more with KEM just days before he takes the stage under the open skies at the Greek Theatre for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz WAVEFEST on Saturday, May 7th. Buy your tickets for this year’s Mercedes-Benz WAVEFEST at Ticketmaster.com today, and we’ll see you at the Greek!
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