Johnny Kemp

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Johnny Kemp
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Background information
Birth name Jonathan Kemp
Born (1959-08-02) August 2, 1959 (age 55)
Origin Bahamas
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments vocals
Bass synthesizer
Years active 1979–present
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley

Johnny Kemp (born August 2, 1959) is a Bahamian singer. He began singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at 13. He moved to New York in 1979 with the band "Kinky Fox." His self-titled debut album came out in 1986 and he scored a minor hit with "Just Another Lover." True success came the following year, however, with the release of his Secrets of Flying album, which contained a pair of Top 5 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart: "Dancin' with Myself" and "Just Got Paid," the latter hitting #1. "Just Got Paid" also cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988,[1] and went to top the Hot Dance Music/Club Play. It provided his only UK Singles Chart entry, peaking at #68 for one week in August 1988.[2] His only other Hot 100 entry was "Birthday Suit," a tune from the soundtrack to the movie, Sing which climbed to #36 in 1989.

Kemp appeared on the 2007 DVD release by Keith Sweat entitled Sweat Hotel Live. This DVD featured live performances by Sweat in a sort of reunion with other R&B/new jack swing era pioneers of the late 1980s, including Teddy Riley. Kemp appeared on the final track, an "all-star finale" rendition of "Just Got Paid," originally recorded at a February 2006 concert in Atlanta, Georgia. Incidentally, Sweat had initially passed on the instrumental track that would eventually become "Just Got Paid," when it was first offered to him in the mid-1980s. Kemp listened to it, added his own lyrics to the melody, and "Just Got Paid" was born.[3]

Kemp was the featured performer (singing "Just Got Paid") at the NJS4E[4] event in New York on September 8, 2007. As the name implied, the show celebrated and commemorated 20 years of new jack swing, and took place at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar.

Kemp is married and the father of two sons.


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  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Johnny Kemp". AMG. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 298. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Johnny Kemp- "Just Got Paid" song review Retrieved 8-19-2011.
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