Exclusive: Kobalt Music Publishing Signs Singer/Songwriter Kem

Kem

Kobalt Music Publishing has signed a worldwide agreement with R&B singer/songwriter Kem. Under the terms of the pact, Kobalt will administer and provide publishing and sync-licensing services for the Grammy Award-nominated artist’s future works. Universal Music Publishing exclusively administers the Detroit-based artist's back catalog, which includes 2003”s gold-certified Kemistry, platinum-certified Album II (2005), the gold-certified Intimacy: Album III (2010) and latest album Promise to Love (2014).

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Joining Sas Metcalfe, president of global creative at Kobalt, in making the announcement, Kobalt’s senior VP of creative Al “Butter” McLean, states, “Kem is a true musician and complete songwriter. We’re looking forward to creatively working with him and opening a Pandora’s box of co-writing opportunities.” 

“In this business, everything starts with a song, and I’m a songwriter first,” says Kem, who signed with Motown in 2001. “That’s why I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Kobalt.” 

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In addition to Kem, Kobalt Music Publishing’s most recent signings include Lionel Richie, Robert Glasper and songwriter/producer Chuck Harmony (Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Ne-Yo), who is one-half of the duo Louis York with songwriter/producer Claude Kelly.

Story updated to note that Universal Music Publishing still administers Kem's back catalog on Motown.