Saturday, January 17, 2009
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.
"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."
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:
To see the music video for "Just Another Lover," go to:
To see the music video for "Just Got Paid," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Dancin' With Myself," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "One Thing Led To Another," go to:
To see the music video for "Birthday Suit," go to:
[updated on 04\18\15]