Before I get into the details of the show, I must send a special thanks to KEM, his publicist Risa Balayem, his manager Toya Hankins as well as Ms. Patti LaBelle, Mr. Ron Isley, Ernie Isley, and Anthony Anderson for allowing me the experience to cover such an amazing show from rehearsal to interviews, sound checks and all. This has been one of the best experiences of my life and to make my Grandmother proud to work alongside such legends was priceless. Thank you all. – Love, AC
Motown Recording Artist KEM presented the KEM & Friends ‘WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS’ Holiday Tour a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience with a holiday-themed storyline written by national playwright, Latteras R. Whitfield, and narrated on stage by actor/comedian Anthony Anderson. The ‘WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS’ Holiday Tour featured KEM & his R&B friends Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley performing their hits, as well as Christmas original & classic songs together on stage, that took the audience on a never-seen-before uplifting holiday journey.
“We developed the ‘What Christmas Means’ Holiday Tour to give fans a new form of holiday concert that the whole family can enjoy,” said KEM. “We wanted to bring a fresh approach to the concert-going experience by weaving a holiday-themed storyline throughout, with interspersed performances by myself and some of R&B’s most talented vocalists. The show will include our hit songs and our favorite Christmas songs. I’m so excited to present this new concept, and to perform onstage with Patti LaBelle, Ron Isley and some of my other friends with incredible voices.”
KEM’s holiday tour was based on his WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS Deluxe CD which is expansion from his first Christmas album, WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS, with four newly-recorded bonus tracks that he produced and executive produced.
KEM sang records off this album which included “Glorify The King”, “What Christmas Means” as well as a stellar performance along side Patti LaBelle & Ronald Isley in their collaborative record “Jesus”. KEM also pulled Detroit vocalist L’Renee from the background singers, to sing lead in one of the best Christmas duet performances you will ever hear!
Host Anthony Anderson also held his own alongside the legends with his own set filled with love and laughter. Anderson shocked the crowd by playing a few tunes on the piano alongside the band.
Dorinda Clark Cole and Selected Of God Choir closed the show with a captivating performance!
The ‘WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS’ Holiday Tour stopped in Washington DC (Dec. 14) and in Detroit (Dec. 20) among four other cities.
Check out the highlights below!
KEM, Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley Reveal What Christmas Means!
Patti LaBelle Gets Personal…
This is a great video for people missing those who have passed during the holiday season. Patti took us to CHURCH with this one!
Anthony Anderson Performs At KEM’s What Christmas Means Tour!
After watching this video you may agree with my opinion that Anthony should start touring with covering R&B classics!
KEM and L’Renee Duet At What Christmas Means Tour Detroit
This is probably one of the best Christmas duet I have ever witnessed. Much love to Detroit’s own and my friend L’Renee!
Ron Isley Takes the Audience to Bed If You Know What I Mean!
Well you can’t have all this love with out…Ron Isley, Yes Mr. Ronald Isley! Now put a kiss on that!
What Does Christmas Means To Anthony Anderson?
For once the funny man was able to speak from the heart with out telling a joke, well for about 15 seconds anyways!
Dorinda Clark Cole, KEM and Selected Of God Choir!
Photos and video by Ashley “AC” Trybula