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It’s been a long time since anyone got to say, “I had a recording session over at Motown today.”

But Detroit R&B singer Kem,  and 16 local musicians got  to say it yesterday when  they settled into Studio A at the Motown Museum to cut material for Kem’s upcoming album including  the slated first single, “With You in My Life.”

“It’s been emotional for all of us,” said Kem, who signed with Motown Records in 2001.

He’s the first Motown Records artist to hold a recording session in Hitsville since the early 1970s, when the historic studio was shuttered because of the label’s West Coast move.

“This isn’t just epic for me — everyone’s having an experience,” he said. “Everybody’s got their cameras and phones out. They’re just as excited to be here as I am.”

An additional strings session was held Sunday night, as Kem and co-producer Derek (DOA) Allen prepare material for the romantic balladeer’s fifth Motown album, “Devotion.” The record’s first single may be released by this summer, Kem said.

Kem will kick off the summer season June 1 at the newly christened Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, formerly Chene Park.