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Keith Washing and KEM illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Keith Washington × KEM

TV ONE’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCU-SERIES, UNSUNG AND UNCENSORED CONTINUES WITH R&B GREATS KEITH WASHINGTON AND KEM THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C

New Episodes of UNSUNG Features Mystikal, Syleena Johnson, Bobby V, Lyfe Jennings and The Jones Girls

New Episodes of UNCENSORED Features Remy Ma, Marsha Ambrosius, Lisa Leslie and Jaleel White

All-new episodes of TV One’s original docu-series UNSUNG and UNCENSORED continue this Sunday, April 11. UNSUNG leads the night with Keith Washington at 9 p.m ET/8C immediately followed by UNCENSORED with KEM at 10 p.m. ET/9C This season, fans are treated to a sneak-peek look at episodes with the new digital series Unwind with Syleena Johnson. Each episode will be published on TVOne.TV and TV One’s social media platforms. Syleena will react to clips, share anecdotes, and provide cocktail recipes for viewers to unwind to as they watch both UNSUNG and UNCENSORED. She’ll end each episode reminding viewers of their chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card.

UNSUNG: Keith Washington

Singer Keith Washington burst onto the 90s R&B scene with a sensual, smooth style that was undeniable. Keith reveals the trials he overcame to become a star and the struggle to regain his passion and purpose after reaching the lowest depths.

The six-time NAACP Image Award-winning series UNSUNG continues the season with equally unforgettable stories from a wide array of artists including Mystikal, Syleena Johnson, Bobby V, Lyfe Jennings, and The Jones Girls. UNSUNG, one of the network’s longest-running series, highlights the careers and explores the personal lives of some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black vocal artists.

UNSUNG is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland also serves as Executive Producer. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Arrington Greene is Head of Original Programming and Production.

UNCENSORED: KEM

The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. This week’s episode hits a high note with R&B trailblazer KEM. The “Love Calls” singer is a three-time Grammy-nominated artist. However, his journey to success wasn’t easy. He struggled with addiction and homelessness before using music to help him find his way through.

This season of UNCENSORED profiles Remy Ma, Marsha Ambrosius, Lisa Leslie and Jaleel White.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Paul Hall (Executive Producers), Jay Allen (Co-Executive Producer), and Nikki Byles (Producer) of Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNCENSORED and UNSUNG, visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on the website. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to follow UNCENSORED and UNSUNG on Facebook and Instagram.

KEM – LOVE ALWAYS WINS

“In an era when musicians routinely throw out an album (or more) a year, Kem is meticulous an Adult R&B mainstay, a slyly expressive singer with a slicing, airy voice and catalog full of tender love songs.”– Rolling Stone

R&B superstar KEM claims the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart this week with his first full-length release in six years, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown). The album which is his third to top the tally contains the hits “Lie to Me,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart, and “Live Out Your Love,” a sultry duet that features GRAMMY Award-winning soul songstress Toni Braxton. Download/stream HERE.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is a powerful testament to KEM’s hopeful outlook despite current times, a reminder of the power of love and a project he calls his most personal yet. Other standout songs on the album include the lush title track, “Love Always Wins,” featuring GRAMMY-winning gospel music powerhouse Erica Campbell, and the inspiring “Friend Today” both reminiscent of the music birthed out of social justice movements. The album was co-produced by KEM and Derek “DOA” Allen, and features contributions by musical notables such as Anthony Hamilton, Brian Culbertson, James Poyser and Salaam Remi.

In this recent feature, Rolling Stone notes, “In an era when musicians routinely throw out an album (or more) a year, Kem is meticulous, an Adult R&B mainstay, a slyly expressive singer with a slicing, airy voice and catalog full of tender love songs.”

Billboard observes, “Love Always Wins peppers the Grammy-nominated artist’s smooth, grown and sexy signature sound with more up-tempo flavor, prominent guitar accents and franker lyrical insights.”

The Detroit Free Press says, “On new Kem album, the romantic heart is still beating but he’s got free inspiration too.”

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is the follow-up to KEM’s 2014 album, PROMISE TO LOVE, which also debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It contained the hit singles “Nobody” and “It’s You,” which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban Adult Contemporary radio charts. The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter has to his credit: one Platinum album (KEM: ALBUM II), two Gold albums (KEMISTRY and INTIMACY), three GRAMMY nominations and seven No. 1 singles. In addition, KEM has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a BET Centric Award.

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KEM and Toni Braxton illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Kem × Toni Braxton

On the heels of KEM’s smash hit Lie to Me which has maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for six weeks in a row, the R&B superstar releases his new single, Live Out Your Love featuring the iconic Toni Braxton. KEM’s signature silky vocals give way to Braxton’s rich, sultry sound on the track, which is from his upcoming album, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown), set for release on August 28. The two artists co-wrote the song and KEM produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen. 

The collaboration was sparked last year when Braxton extended an invitation for KEM to perform at her Valentine’s Day concert in Detroit. My wife and I went to Toni’s show at the Fox Theatre, recalls KEM. She called me up onstage to sing with her and it was an incredible moment.

While working on his new album, KEM began to envision Live Out Your Love as a duet and asked Braxton to join him. Due to COVID-19, they couldn’t record in the same room. When Braxton sent her vocal to KEM, he was blown away. I loved the way she recorded, the texture of her voice, he says. The pairing of our voices was just amazing.

The pre-order for LOVE ALWAYS WINS launched today. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive Lie to Me and Live Out Your Love. As a special treat to fans, merch will be available at www.musicbykem.com

Essence said, KEM knows just how to make anyone believe in love, fall in love and sing about love. Praising the smooth and sexy Lie to Me, Billboard observed, The body-swaying mid-tempo number perfectly captures the relatable themes of unconditional love and devotion. Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart in nine short weeks, Lie to Me is the fastest-rising of KEM’s six chart-topping singles, which include It’s You, Love Calls, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Why Would You Stay? and Nobody. KEM co-wrote Lie to Me with Anthony Hamilton, Salam Remi, and James Poyser and produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is the follow-up to KEM’s 2014 album, PROMISE TO LOVE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, becoming his third consecutive top five album on the tally. PROMISE TO LOVE contained the hit singles Nobody and It’s You, which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban Adult Contemporary radio charts. Nobody earned KEM his third GRAMMY nomination.

The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter has to his credit: one Platinum album (KEM: ALBUM II), two Gold albums (KEMISTRY and INTIMACY), three GRAMMY nominations and six No. 1 singles. In addition, KEM has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a BET Centric Award. In 2012, KEM founded Mack & Third, Inc., a Michigan domestic non-profit organization that provides funding to humanitarian aid organizations related to: homelessness; hunger; substance abuse; domestic violence; natural disasters; education, etc.

Toni Braxton is the legendary, multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time GRAMMY Award-winner behind timeless hits such as Love Shoulda Brought You Home, Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, Seven Whole Days, He Was’t Man Enough and Un-Break My Heart. The official video for Un-Break My Heart recently broke 500 million views on YouTube. The multi-talented singer/songwriter has expanded her skill set along the way to include music producer, Broadway musical star, television actress/producer and best-selling author. She also devotes time as spokesperson for Lupus L.A. and Autism Speaks.

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Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri Announces So So Def 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR

Jermaine Dupri headlines the tour with So So Def icons including award-winning artists Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz, Bone Crusher, J-Kwon and Youngbloodz are heading across the U.S. this fall.

Grammy Award-winning Producer, Hall of Fame Songwriter, recording artist, and TV starJermaine Dupri, has been writing and producing platinum hit records for more than 25 years. Celebrating the legacy and quarter century of success with his record label; So So Def Recordings, Dupri is bringing all his artists together on one stage for an exclusive performance, as AEG Presents The So So Def 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR. Joining Jermaine on the tour will be the So So Def Family, including Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz, and J-Kwon.

Tickets for the tour, which begins in October, will begin going on sale Friday, Aug 3rd. For further information visit www.sosodef.com or check your local listings.

To kick off the Anniversary, Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, recently released the essential digital hits compilation, titled Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25. The compilation includes So So Def classics such as Da Brat’s Funkdafied, Xscape’s Just Kickin It, Dupri’s own Money Aint A Thang (feat. Jay-Z) and many more, plus rare tracks featuring Kanye West and The Notorious B.I.G. The compilation, curated by Dupri to align with the tour, further celebrates his iconic Atlanta based record label & brand; SO SO DEF. you can purchase the compilation here.

Jermaine Dupri is making further headlines this year as he was inducted and honored at the 2018 Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame. Additional 2018 inductees include Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Alan Jackson, Robert Kool Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James Taylor p/k/a Kool & The Gang, and John Mellencamp.

Jermaine Dupri says, Blessing are bigger when you share them. One of my biggest blessings is to be able to go tour with all my artists. I can’t wait!!!

SoSoDef 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR Schedule is as follows:

October 14th | Washington, DC | Capital One Arena

October 18th | Brooklyn, NY | Barclays Center

October 19th | Baltimore, MD | Royal Farms Arena

October 20th | Greensboro, NC | Coliseum

October 21st | Atlanta, GA | Philips Arena

TBD | Chicago, IL | United Center

October 25th | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena

October 26th | Memphis, TN | FedEx Forum

October 28th | Charlotte, NC | Spectrum Center

October 31st | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena

November 2nd | Los Angeles, CA | Staples Center

About the So So Def 25th Anniversary Tour

Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, recording artist, and TV star Jermaine Dupri in association with AEG Presents, will see 11 cities across the U.S. this fall to celebrate 25 years of his iconic label, So So Def. The CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR will feature So So Def’s iconic artists and be headlined and produced by Jermaine Dupri himself. Other artists on the roster include Xscape, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, Youngbloodz, Da Brat, Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz, J Kwon and Bonecrusher.

About Jermaine Dupri

In 1992, Dupri introduced to the world two 12-year-olds who wore their pants backwards by the name of Kris Kross. In February of that same year their first song Jump was released and immediately soared to #1 on the pop charts remaining for 8 weeks. This accomplishment labeled Jermaine as a 19-year-old wunderkind and super-producer. With over 400 million records sold to date, Dupri, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is one of most successful producers in the music industry. His career milestones include the release of several platinum recordings as CEO of So So Def, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Song, and being honored with an ASCAP Golden Note Award, given to composers and songwriters who have achieved extraordinary milestones. Now, twenty-five years later, after the continued success of developing other teen stars and iconic So So Def artists such as Xscape, Usher, Da Brat, TLC, Bow Wow and more, Jermaine is still on the scene and gearing up to celebrate his legacy and 25 years of So So Def. www.sosodef.com

About AEG Presents

AEG Presents is one of the world’s largest live music companies. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global concert tours, regional music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Presents operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support it’s tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Elton John, Celine Dion, KEM, Fantasia and Kenny Chesney; produces over 40 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival, Desert Trip, Firefly Music Festival, Hangout Music Festival and Panorama and owns, manages or exclusively promotes in more than 80 clubs and theaters worldwide. AEG presents more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Presents, Goldenvoice, The Bowery Presents, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. For more information visit www.aegpresents.com.