Johnny Kemp has died. He was a Bahamian singer. it was at the age of thirteen when he began nightclub singing and at the time of his death, he was fifty-five. “Dancin’ with Myself” vocalist reportedly died sometime during he week of April 13, 2015, his body had been found, floating in the water of Montego Bay, Jamaica beach.
The cause or exact date of death has not yet been determined. There was speculation that he had been aboard the Tom Joyner Foundation-hosted annual Fantastic Voyage cruise at the time, as he was scheduled to perform as part of this year’s lineup; however, other accounts say he never joined it and, therefore, died elsewhere.
Authorities said that he arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship. He had been scheduled to perform on a voyage associated with the Tom Joyner Morning Show; and a rep for cruise organizer Reach Media told The Root today that the death did not occur onboard. “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,” Reach said.
Chris Kirkpatrick paid tribute to his group’s onetime muse via Twitter, writing,
“Rip Johnny Kemp. Thank you for the great music… #JustGotPaid.”
“Johnny Kemp gave us a lot of joy with “Just Got Paid “a true anthem !!! He was a very humble and kind spirit. #RIPJohnnyKemp,” tweeted “U
Can’t Touch This” rapper MC Hammer.
“Sad news about the loss of @JohnnyKempMusic today. Great memories of Johnny and a talented musician #Forever,” tweeted the group 7-The Original Time”
Kemp leaves behind his wife Deidre and two sons.