Detroit R&B star KEM basks in glow of Grammy nods

Associated Press Modified: February 10, 2011 at 5:40 am •  Published: February 10, 2011

AP: Explain that. Why don't you have regrets?

KEM: Because had I not had those experiences, you and I probably wouldn't be having this conversation. I have a tremendous life today, and I have an opportunity to affect and infect people all over the world with a message of empowerment, overcoming, perseverance. ... That you can go through all of this stuff and still find value and add value to not only your life but potentially the life of everybody you come in contact with.

AP: I have to ask: What is the origin of your name?

KEM: My given name is spelled K-I-M. ... Growing up, it was considered to be a girl's name, so I always tried to find all these ways to have a name without it being that. I would go by my middle name sometimes, which is Lamont. ... When I started teetering with the idea of being in the music industry, I was working with a producer out of Detroit. ... K-E-M just became something that we thought wouldn't be K-I-M.