NEW YORK: The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, attended the memorial service for Johnathan Melchizedek Kemp at St Phillips Church, Harlem, New York, on Monday, May 11, 2015.
The church was filled to capacity with standing room only. Over 300 friends, family were in attendance. Wonderful tributes were given, most poignant where his sons, Jason and Jared Kemp.
In attendance were childhood friend Obi Pindling. A presentation was made by Anthony O. Pratt of the Bahamian American Association of the New York State Senate Resolution (see below). See also the programme attached below.
Members of the Bahamian American Association including Andrew Albury and many others such as Valerie Simpson, Bobbi Humphrey, Allison Williams Manager; Bert Price, Designer C. Cory Michael, and Jennifer Miles-Lockhart.
Kemp, better known as “Johnny Kemp,” was a world-renowned entertainer with the smash hit “Just Got Paid,” which made it to number one on the Billboard charts. Born in Nassau and raised in Freeport, Kemp began his career at a young age and was already a national star before he moved on to New York and became an international sensation, spreading a message of Love and Bahamian Pride everywhere he went.
Kemp is survived by his wife Deirdre Fisher-Kemp, and two sons, Jason and Jared. Pictured from left to right; Timmy Allen, band member and life-long friend; Cordell Cleare, Chief of Staff, Senator Perkins Office; Pastor Percy Kemp, brother; Michael Kemp, brother; Patty Kemp-Grossman; Anthony Pratt, Bahamian American Association; Bishop Sobig Kemp, brother; and Consul General Carroll.