Kem steps it up at Fox Theater in hometown Detroit show with Babyface

On a night that brought his biggest tour production yet, homegrown R&B singer Kem wooed a Detroit audience at a sold-out Fox Theater Wednesday night.

“It’s so good to be home,” he said. “There is no love like Detroit love.”

For a capacity crowd of 5,000, this was like Valentine’s Day in April, a night of romantic jams and heartfelt sentiments that featured his friend and longtime touring partner Kenny (Babyface) Edmonds in the opening slot.

Introducing the show, emcee Sherri Shepherd noted the name of Kem’s current outing: The Full Circle Tour.

“Or as I like to call it, the ‘somebody is gonna get pregnant tonight tour,’” said the veteran TV personality, who plugged the daytime talk show she’ll be premiering on Fox in September.

Sherri Shepherd entertains and hosts at Fox Theater during the Detroit stop on the Full Circle Tour on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Kem has always cut a suave figure in concert. But Monday’s tight, refined performance, two decades into his career, made clear he has found a new level onstage. The artist who began as a grassroots phenomenon in Detroit, peddling CDs out of his trunk aftering over addiction and homelessness, was a confident, seasoned pro at the Fox.

With a full video backdrop and an eye-popping light show, it was by far Kem’s most high-end tour production to date. Joining him was an eight-piece band — including a horn section — along with two backing singers and a pair of female dancers.

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