Kem Readies Christmas Album, Talks ‘Sparkle’ Movie Role

Kem Owens has had a highly successful ten-year music career with only three albums under his belt. His story is truly a “rags to riches” opus, finding the faith to conquer homelessness and substance addiction in order to rise to the top of the music game. And he doesn’t plan on stopping. Kem is getting romantic for a Christmas album and getting his acting bug fix with a small role in the upcoming film remake “Sparkle.”

“What Christmas Means” is the title of the holiday album, and the Detroit-native says it will go down in history as a classic. Expect original compositions along with covers of Christmas classics, but with a different spin on them. “Christmas is about Jesus, that’s the foundational aspect, but we all love getting presents, too,” he tells The Huffington Post in a recent interview. “There’s a romantic side to Christmas, whether it’s covered up near the fireplace with your significant other or sharing those intimate moments with the person that you love.”

Powerhouse Ledisi will duet on a song called Be Mine for Christmas. “There is a place for romance on this album, and I think that’s one of the things that people are going to talk about,” he said.

He even has the material written for another studio album; “it’s just a matter of laying the songs down,” he says. But the soul singer is setting sights on the acting world as he makes his thespian debut in “Sparkle” playing an MC named Buddy. Even though the role is small, the experience has him itching for more. “To be in a film that’s going to be the last showcase for Whitney is amazing….I wasn’t on the set long,” Kem explains, “but it’s a good look for my first film. And I’m looking forward to doing more.”

He says he’s not currently looking at scripts, but that doesn’t mean he won’t in the future. The seed has now been planted and his passion for acting is ready to grow. “When things come in, I’ll definitely take a look at them… I’m definitely sowing the seeds to enjoy a fruitful career on the big screen or the small screen,” he says.

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