August 24, 2014 at 1:00 am

Homegrown R&B singer KEM gives back to Detroiters

Detroit — For the fourth straight year, Detroit R&B star KEM put on his “Mack & Third” concert to aid the city’s homeless at the New Detroit Conservancy West Riverwalk Park.

Other performers included the O'Jays.

The event to aid homeless people also included free health screenings and meals for the needy. The annual event is native Detroiter KEM’s attempt to give back because before his hit songs and his Motown record deals, he was once homeless and battled drug addition.

Michigan-based Mack and Third Inc., is an nonprofit organization founded by KEM that supports groups that aid the homeless. Concert admittance required a $5 entry fee.

Grammy Award-winning R&B artist KEM signs his new album 'Promise to Love' for fans. / Robin Buckson / The Detroit News
Fans sing along with the music at KEM's Mack & Third event to benefit the ... (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)