Motown Recording Artist KEM’s WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS Deluxe CD, in stores now is an expansion of his first Christmas album, WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS (which rose to #9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2012). The CD includes four newly-recorded bonus tracks (that KEM produced & executive produced), and is highlighted by the newly-recorded bonus track “JESUS” featuring legendary R&B artists, Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley.
“Working with Ms. Patti LaBelle and Mr. Isley on ‘JESUS’ was incredible,” reflected KEM. “When I was writing the song, I had them both in mind, but to actually hear each of their unmistakable voices on the record, it’s a beautiful thing and an absolute blessing. This was my first time working with Ms. Patti in the studio. She was sharp, she was elegant, she was a true professional, she was very sweet to me and she has become one of my favorite people on the planet.”
What Christmas Means Deluxe, a 14-song album that weaves new and original Christmas compositions co-written by KEM, his daughter Troi and Melanie Rutherford, along with traditional holiday classics. The Deluxe CD also features a duet with Verve recording artist Ledisi, “BE MINE FOR CHRISTMAS.” KEM produced and recorded the CD at state-of-the-art Studio A Recording in nearby Dearborn Heights, MI.
KEM’s first Christmas album, What Christmas Means, was released on October 16, 2012. After the holiday season, the album had sold 76,000 copies, making it the #3 highest-selling Urban Christmas record in one season. Two tracks from the CD were nominated for the 44th NAACP Image Awards in 2013. “Glorify The King” and “Be Mine For Christmas (ft. Ledisi)” were both nominated in the ‘Outstanding Song’ category.
** Courtesy of the Belle Report**