Singer Johnny Kemp found dead floating in Montego Bay, Jamaica at age 55
Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song Just Got Paid, has died in Jamaica. He was 55.
Jamaica police said on Friday (April 17) that Kemp was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. It had not yet been determined how he died.
Police said Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship but added that they did not have further details.
Reach Media Inc. said Kemp had been scheduled to be on a Caribbean cruise this week, the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.
With some reports claiming he died aboard the cruise, Reach Media Inc., the US based parent company of the Tom Joyner Morning Show later said in a statement:
“We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away.
We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.”
Johnny Kemp was nominated in 1989 for a Grammy Award for Just Got Paid in a category that included Bobby Brown and Luther Vandross.
The song was a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and was covered by NSYNC on their 2000 album No Strings Attached.
Kemp appeared on a 2007 Keith Sweat DVD called Sweat Hotel Live and had been performing at musical events across the U.S. in recent years.
Kemp kicked off his career as a teenager singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas, before moving 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.
Kemp is likely most known for “Just Got Paid” an all-star finale on Keith Sweat’s 2007 DVD Sweat Hotel Live, recorded at a February 2006 concert in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is survived by his wife, Deirdre Fisher-Kemp and their two sons.