7 Spotlight on gospel singer Otis Kemp – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


(WSVN) – He grew up in Carol City, and after a rocky start, he’s now making a name for himself on the gospel charts. Karen Hensel shines the 7 Spotlight on this singer-songwriter.

His songs resonate with the faithful.

Gospel singer Otis Kemp is busy these days working on music videos, making appearances at the Stellar Gospel Awards, performing concerts around the country and singing at his father’s church in Pompano Beach.

His songs connect people to a higher power, and one called “The Reason” is climbing the Billboard charts.

Otis Kemp: “It comes from within. My experiences in life, the things I’ve been part of along the way, this journey of life, and I hope through this method of music I can cheer someone up along the way.

Otis grew up in Carol City, a rowdy PK as he calls it – a preacher’s kid.

Otis Kemp: “They are the worst.”

In his youth, that meant trouble.

Otis Kemp: “No, I was bad, super bad. I got kicked out of every school in Miami, Florida. I went through this period where you try to figure things out and you start hanging out with the wrong crowd, and I started looking at my life like, ‘What are you doing?’

He got serious about music in his twenties with a local label called Poe Boy Entertainment.

Otis Kemp: “So it was E-Class, FloRida, Rick Ross, Brisco, a lot of artists, you know, and hey, it really took off.”

Eventually, Otis transitioned from the Miami hip-hop scene to his gospel music roots.

Longtime friend Kenisha Taylor is one of many friends who have kept him anchored along the way.

Kenisha Taylor: “Sometimes we resist what is our purpose, sometimes we resist the journey. I am so proud that he allowed himself to be used by God to reach people.

It all started here, in his childhood home in Carol City. It’s one of many South Florida locations he features in his music videos, and it’s where he wrote “Daily Bread,” one of his favorite songs.

Otis Kemp: “God gave me this song when I was just at my dad’s one day, and my friend sent me a piece, and I was like, ‘I woke up this morning great. The first thing I do is reach out to the sky.'”

Music is his passion and so are children.

The father of five also owns and operates three Apple Seed performing arts academies.

The program is designed to help at-risk children succeed.

Otis Kemp: “These kids are everything to us, the next generation, and they’ll be the next senators, the next governors, so we want to start early with them.”

Standing 6ft 6in, he is a big man with big dreams.

Otis Kemp: “I just wanted to be the legacy of hope. I wanted to leave a legacy of justice.

He hopes his message of faith will continue to be heard loud and clear through his music.

Fans will be happy to know that he has a new album coming out on September 30.

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