Kem gives keynote speech at Detroit Recovery Project’s 10th anniversary celebration

(Photo by Eric Hobson)
(L-R) Andre Johnson,  president and CEO, Detroit Recovery Project; singer-songwriter Kem; and Munson Steed, CEO of Steed Media Group (Photo by Eric Hobson)

For the past decade, the Detroit Recovery Project has served as a place where individuals who are battling addiction can receive support and become empowered.

The organization observed its 10th anniversary at the GEM Theater in Detroit where Kem served as the keynote speaker. The Grammy Award-nominated crooner shared his triumphant story of how he changed his life after years of drugs and alcohol abuse.


“The most important thing about me is that my name is Kem and I’m an alcoholic,” Kem revealed. “I’m in recovery and my last drink was on July 23 of 1990. It’s amazing because when I started on this journey of recovery, I didn’t really know if I could stay clean this long. I was just trying to do it one day at a time. I came to a place where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Kem has released five studio albums during his 25 years of sobriety..


Other notable individuals in attendance included public health analysis Shannon Tait, Rev. Greg Roberts,  and Rev. Horace Sheffield of National Action Network.

“The work that we do, I think we’re touching the top of the iceberg,” said Andre Johnson, president and CEO of Detroit Recovery Project. “The face of recovery has changed due to support of federal and local government. In the next 10 years, recovery will be the word of renewal and hope. We strive to put a face on recovery to remove the stigma. Through recovery, our clients are now visible, vocal and valuable.”

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