Detroit, MI – Motown Recording Artist KEM sat down with Mason and CoCo in the Morning on 105.9 Kiss to announce his partnership with The Salvation Army to assist those affected by the Flint Water Crisis.
He will lend his voice in support of the non-profit’s text-to-give campaign that will help fund The Salvation Army of Genesee County’s assistance efforts. KEM will be present at The Salvation Army Flint Beecher Corps Community Center on Tuesday, January 26 at 10:00am to announce the partnership and to help distribute bottled water as part of the weekly food distribution. He will also make a contribution to The Salvation Army.
“The water crisis in Flint has been so heavy on my heart,” said KEM. “Partnering with The Salvation Army and helping spread word about their text campaign is an effective way for me to lend support to their outreach efforts on a long-term basis.”
“The impact of KEM’s voice to the text-to-give campaign will help The Salvation Army of Genesee County assist families who are affected by the Flint water crisis,” said Captain Caleb Senn, The Salvation Army of Genesee County Coordinator. “Donations will be used to help purchase water and water filters, as well as provide additional assistance related to the water crisis as needed.”
HOW TO DONATE TO FLINT, MICHIGAN
To donate, text “WATER” to 91999.
Funds collected will go toward The Salvation Army of Genesee County to help with emergency assistance during Flint’s water crisis.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Salvation Army, Flint Beecher Corps Community Center
1475 W. Coldwater Road
Flint, MI 48505
10:00 am – KEM arrival
10:15 am – KEM assists with water distribution
10:45 am – Announcement of Partnership & Check Presentation
KEM – Motown Recording Artist
Captain Caleb Senn – Coordinator, The Salvation Army of Genesee County
Major Wayne Ruston – Corps Officer, The Salvation Army, Flint Beecher
Joy Martinbianco – Development Director of The Salvation Army of Genesee County
The Salvation Army of Genesee County is also partnering with the American Red Cross of East Central Bay-Michigan to mobilize volunteers to distribute water, filters and test kits; assemble test kits; handle data entry and serve as warehouse workers and managers.
For more information about The Salvation Army of Genesee County’s efforts to assist Flint residents during the water crisis, please visit http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi/flint_water_crisis.
About The Salvation Army:
Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. At work in Michigan since 1887, The Salvation Army operates 180 facilities throughout the state. Annually, these facilities provide more than 3.8 million meals and more than 927,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army of Genesee County has been serving families in Flint and Genesee County for more than 122 years. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at www.salmich.org.
In 2001, KEM independently released his first CD, KEMISTRY, on his Kemistry Records label, selling nearly 15,000 units, after which, he was signed by Universal Motown. Motown re-released KEMISTRY in 2002, released KEM ALBUM II in May 2005 and INTIMACY in August 2010, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list and was certified Gold in March 2012.KEM’s first three studio albums on the Motown label garnered him national critical and commercial acclaim, including two GRAMMY® nominations, a Soul Train award nomination and a BET Centric Award nomination. Kemistry, Album II, and Intimacy have each been certified RIAA gold, and worldwide sales are in excess of 2.5 million copies. KEM’s 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. KEM wrote and recorded a duet with Ronald Isley entitled “My Favorite Thing,” which was released as the second single from Ron Isley’s 2013 CD, “This Song Is For You.” KEM re-released his WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS DELUXE project in October 2013, which included four bonus tracks. The added track, “Jesus” features Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley. In December 2013, KEM presented the ‘KEM & Friends: What Christmas Means Holiday Tour,’ a holiday-themed concert with a storyline narrated by actor/comedian Anthony Anderson and featuring KEM & his R&B friends Patti LaBelle, Ronald Isley and Avery Sunshine. Performances of their hits, as well as Christmas original & classic songs together on stage, took audiences on a never-seen-before uplifting holiday journey. KEM’s fourth studio album, PROMISE TO LOVE, was released on the Motown label on August 25, 2014, and debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and at #1 on the R&B Albums Chart. PROMISE TO LOVE produced two #1 hit singles (“It’s You” and “Nobody”), marking the first time KEM has had two #1 songs from the same album. KEM received his third career GRAMMY® nomination for “Nobody.” In 2015, KEM toured with Charlie Wilson on his 44-city ‘Forever Charlie Tour,’ and headlined his own ‘PROMISE TO LOVE Tour.’ The Platinum-selling and three-time GRAMMY®-nominated artist was crowned as the Mediabase 2015 Urban Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year. Mediabase also named KEM’s hit single, “Nobody,” as the 2015 Urban Adult Contemporary Song of the Year.
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