Johnny Kemp

Johnny Kemp (August 2, 1959 – April 16, 2015) was a Bahamian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He began his career as a songwriter in late 1979 and is perhaps best known for his solo work, including his single “Just Got Paid” (1988), which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1989.

“Just Got Paid” is a million-selling, platinum-certified 1988 single by Bahamian R&B singer–songwriter Johnny Kemp.

The song started as an instrumental track for which Keith Sweat brought in Kemp to write lyrics. Sweat ultimately passed on the song that was originally written for his 1987 debut Make It Last Forever. Kemp recorded a demo of the new song, intending for it to be used by another singer; his “scratch vocal” ended up on the final release along with ending the track with Kemp and crew celebrating

The song hit No. 1 on the U.S. R&B and Dance charts and reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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