Sometimes we just need a little more love. Right?
On Wednesday, one of Chicago’s swankiest music venues located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, The Shrine, brought some of Chicago’s professionals out to for listening party of R&B crooner, Kem. His new album is appropriately titled, Promise To Love.
Given the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and more localized gun violence in the city of Chicago, the event was a positive atmosphere focused on stopping violence and encouraging love and solidarity.
The night was hosted by local V103 radio personality, Consuella, and sounds were provided by DJ Sean Mac. State Representative, Ken Duncan was in attendance and emphasized the importance of parents being actives in the lives of children.
South Side alderman, Bob Fioretti took the stage as well, speaking on violence and bringing more jobs to Chicago’s south side.
“Job growth is extremely important. We’re working on bringing more job opportunities to the South Side of Chicago,” said Fioretti.
Local talent and self-proclaimed “minister of Afrorock religion,” Obisoulstar prepped the audience before Kem took the stage. He performed familiar covers, with a unique twist, like Houston’s, “Love You Down.”
Once Kem took the stage, he performed some of hits like, “Share My Life” but before getting into the music, he shared a few thoughts concerning some of the more unfortunate events plaguing the nation. He spoke specifically about injustices towards civilians in Ferguson and why more actions should be out of love and using platforms for good and positivity.
Promise To Love hits stores on Aug. 25.
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*photos courtesy of Juan Anthony Images