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."

Career[edit]

"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]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
US
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US
R&B

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1991 Tara Kemp 109 34

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
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US
R&B

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US
Dan

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AUS
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CAN
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NZ
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UK
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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.

References[edit]

  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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