Tara Kemp

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This article is about the singer. For the singer's eponymous album, see Tara Kemp (album).
Tara Kemp
Birth name Tara Leslye Kemp
Born (1964-05-11) May 11, 1964 (age 52)
Origin Livermore, California
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 1991–present
Labels Giant/Warner Bros. Records

Tara Leslye Kemp (born May 11, 1964 in Livermore, California) is an American pop and R&B singer who was signed to the Giant Records label. She is best known for her two top ten 1991 singles "Hold You Tight" and "Piece of My Heart."


"Hold You Tight," written by singer-songwriter Will Hammond Jr., achieved RIAA gold status and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was No. 25 for the year on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1991. It peaked at No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was followed by another Top 10 single, "Piece of My Heart", which reached No. 7 in July 1991 and came in at No. 84 for the year. Kemp's quick success was short-lived, however, as her third single "Too Much" stalled at No. 95, with further releases failing to chart at all.[2] She also recorded a song titled "Action Speaks Louder Than Words," which was featured on the soundtrack for the Fox television series, Beverly Hills, 90210.[3] "Come Correct" was released in 1994. Giant Records folded not long thereafter.

In 2013, Kemp launched a Facebook page and YouTube channel containing new photography, uploads of vintage material and teasers to a new track called "Water." In 2014 and 2015, Kemp revealed in interviews that she was working on new material.[4][5] In April 2016, Kemp released "Paris in Spring" (featuring D'wayne Wiggins), her first single in 22 years, as a charity single to benefit victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions

1991 Tara Kemp 109 34


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album


1991 "Hold You Tight" 3 4 15 68 24 19 69 Tara Kemp
"Piece of My Heart" 7 47 81
"Too Much" 95
1994 "Come Correct" non-album single
2016 "Paris in Spring" (featuring D'Wayne Wiggins) non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 298. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Artist Chart History - Tara Kemp". billboard.com. Retrieved March 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Beverly Hills, 90210 TV Soundtrack". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.breakitdownshow.com/episodes/a-new-adventure-with-tara-kemp
  5. ^ https://soundcloud.com/once-famous
  6. ^ "New Single : Paris In Spring – Tara Kemp & D’Wayne Wiggins | Magic Music Magazine". Magic Music Magazine. WordPress.com. May 2, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Tara Kemp". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  9. ^ "CAN Charts > Tara Kemp". RPM. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "NZ Charts > Tara Kemp". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "UK Charts > Tara Kemp". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "US Certifications > Tara Kemp". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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