Johnny Kemp, 55 – Head – Neck Trauma, Carnival Breeze Staff, April 16, 2015, Time of Death 9:50.
Musician Johnny Kemp, 55, from New York was booked aboard the Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Breeze as a performer for Reach Media’s Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Thursday, April 16, 2015, when he was found dead on a beach.
Police say Kemp was found dead from an apparent head injury as a result of slipping and falling from the rocks along the shore and hitting his head. He had been seen walking on the rocks earlier in the morning. Kemp’s body was found face down at the beach around 9:50 am on. He apparently suffered head injuries and was fully clothed.
There is a report which states, Kemp was unable to board Carnival Breeze Fantastic Voyage port call in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Wednesday because he didn’t have his Permanent Residents Card with him.
Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind and Fire boarded Carnival Breeze in Montego Bay, Jamaica to perform, but left at the end of their performances.
The Fantastic Voyage aboard Carnival Breeze left Miami, Florida on Saturday April 11, 2015 at 4:00pm. Carnival Breeze then called at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on Monday, April 13, before arriving at Montego Bay on Wednesday April 15. The cruise ship then called at Roatan before returning to Miami, Florida on Sunday April 19.
Kemp was best known for his 1989 Grammy nominated hit “Just Got Paid,” produced by Columbia Records in 1988. Just Got Paid had been #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #10 on the pop chart in 1988.
Johnny Kemp was born in the Bahamas and had been performing around the United States before his death. Kemp moved to New York in 1979 with the band Kinky Fox.
Kemp had recently performed at a charity event held by Fifteen Dynasty Entertainment & Counselman Andy King, billed as North East Bronx Cares. Kemp performed the song, We Did It.
September 8, 2007, Kemp was a featured performed in New York at the NJS4E event, commemorated 20 years of new jack swing, which took place at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar in New York.