Saturday, January 17, 2009

Johnny Kemp

Johnny Kemp (born in 1959 in Nassau, Bahamas) was a male R&B singer from the '80s.

He started singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at the age of 13. In 1979, he moved to Harlem, New York and was a member of a band called Kinky Fox. While in New York, Johnny developed his skills as a dancer, songwriter and actor.
In 1986, Johnny released his self-titled debut album on Columbia Records, which peaked at #36 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart from the album was "Just Another Lover" which peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
In 1988, Johnny released his sophomore album, "Secrets of Flying" which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Johnny scored his biggest hit with the single, "Just Got Paid" which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Maxi-Singles Sales charts, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 23 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart.

"Just Got Paid" started out as an instrumental track for R&B singer Keith Sweat. Keith brought in Johnny to write lyrics for the track which he later passed on. Johnny recorded a demo of the new song intending it to be used by another singer and his scratch vocal ended up on the final release.

In 1989, the song was nominated for "Best R&B Song" at the 31st Grammy Awards, but lost to Anita Baker's "Giving You the Best That I Got."
The follow-up single, "Dancin' With Myself" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Maxi-Singles Sales charts, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The last single from the album, "One Thing Led to Another" peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1989, Johnny was featured on the "Sing" movie soundtrack with the song, "Birthday Suit" which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.


After that, it seemed as if Johnny had faded into obscurity, but he later continued to perform live.

Sadly, on April 16, 2015, Johnny was found deceased on a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica where he was scheduled to be on a Caribbean cruise associated with the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Johnny was 55 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife & two sons.

RIP, Johnny Kemp. You will never be forgotten.

To follow Johnny on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/JohnnyKempMusic

To see the music video for "Just Another Lover," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTaHmR1NScA

To see the music video for "Just Got Paid," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl1mQASHc48

To see a fan-made video for "Dancin' With Myself," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6h0xZM-DtY

To see a fan-made video for "One Thing Led To Another," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWVvhuEhFUE

To see the music video for "Birthday Suit," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG3t9V3TvfU


[updated on 04\18\15]

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