Johnny Kemp (134616)

Reports indicate that R&B singer Johnny Kemp has died. He was 55.

Best known for the 1988 hit single “Just Got Paid,” it was originally reported that the singer died on the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise on Thursday, however, that information has since been retracted.

Deidre, Kemp’s wife, reported that his body was found floating on a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica with his Bahamian passport on him. He did not have the proper travel documents to board the cruise according to Kemp’s assistant, Christopher Powell, who spoke to the media on Friday.

Flying out of New York on Wednesday, Kemp went to Jamaica where he was suppose to be on board but checked into a hotel after being denied access. Deidre was reportedly informed by the hotel about the death of her husband.

In a statement, Reach Media Inc. confirmed Kemp was not on the ship.

“We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away,” the company said. “We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.”

Kemp released his first self-titled album in 1986 that contained the song “Just Another Lover.” The following year he released the album Secrets of Flying that contained “Just Got Paid” and “Dancin’ With Myself.”

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Kemp moved to New York City in 1979. In 1989, he was one of several Black artists who were part of Columbia Records’ newly launched department dedicated to the development and production of African-American music headed by senior vice president at the time, Ruben Rodriguez.

In the late 1980’s, Kemp performed in New York for Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens competition and the Whitney M. Young New York Urban League Football Classic post-game party. He sang at the wedding reception for former New York State Gov. David Paterson and his wife Michelle Paige Paterson in 1992.

Kemp was scheduled to perform at SummerStage in June in Herbert Von King Park. Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.