"Music changed my life, but that change was long in coming." ~ 22%
In Share My Life: A Journey of Love, Faith and Redemption, Kem bares his soul. From homelessness to Grammy Award-nominated artist, this is his revealing life story. He starts from the very beginning introducing his grandmother, a sharecropper in the South with thirteen children. The family ultimately ends up in Detroit.
His mom keeps a beer in hand and his relationship with dad isn't the greatest. As a result, Kem internalizes feelings that lead to drug use as self-medication. His addiction, love life, children and self-discovery are described in detail. True to the title, Kem shares his WHOLE life.
"When the cluster of notes begins to feel right, I find myself humming, mumbling, scatting, uttering nonsense noises that, without forethought, turn into phrases." ~ 73%
I don't know if this was Kem's attempt, but I listen to his lyrics so much differently now. Every song has a meaning. Every melody holds weight. Interactions with his mentors are told along with his soothing crooning singing style. Share My Life: A Journey of Love, Faith and Redemption is a literary version of "Behind the Music."
It is among the best memoirs I've read so far in 2023. His transformative journey is inspiring. Being from Detroit as well, I knew a little about his life but not to the extent he shares. Nothing is held back. Full transparency which takes bravery, talent and a level of trust in fans.
Happy Belated Pub Day, Kem! Share My Life is now available.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Share My Life
Author: Kem with David Ritz
Published: April 2023
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤