Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14.
As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron and blues artist, Koko Taylor. He wrote and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions. He has also composed for Phase One Contemporary Dance in Atlanta.
Kemp’s CD, “Sometimes In Bad Weather”, is a thoughtful tapestry exploring the intersection of American roots music, jazz, and African folk influences. Kemp’s second CD, “Edenton” is a blues inspired journey, featuring the Holmes Bros providing additional vocals. He is also a member of the band “Roll Over Baby”.
Kemp also composed the ending credits soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life and career of Ralph Nader. The song “Stand Up, Rise Up” is the theme for Ralph Nader’s weekly talk show.
“If Loneliness Was Black” composed/performed for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Dance Company
“We’re Gonna Still Make It Anyway” theme song for “Welcome To Grandpaville” ( web based children’s video)
“Stand Up, Rise Up”: Ralph Nader, An Unreasonable Man” music for documentary
“Phase One Contemporary Dance” composed/performed 2012 concert series
“Sometimes In Bad Weather” solo CD release
“Edenton” solo CD release
“Snow” author/ composer of children’s picture book
“Mattzelliger, A Man & His Machine” WGBH Television, Boston, MA“M.I.T. “M.I.T. A New Era” music for p.r. video, Cambridge, MA
Joe’s Pub/ NYC Ryles Jazz Club/ Camb, MA Cantab/ Camb, MA
Opening Act for Taj Mahal: Paradise/ Boston, MA
Opening Act for Gil Scott Heronl: Paradise/ Boston, MA
Mercury Lounge/NYC Club Café/Boston, MA The Muse/Nantucket, MA
Boatslip/Provincetown, MA Johnny D’s/Somerville, MA
Velvet Lounge/Washington, D.C, Common Ground/Camb, MA
Oysterfest: Preservation Hall/Wellfleet, MA Somerville Arts Festival/MA
Somerville Theater/Somerville, MA Harper’s Ferry/Allston, MA
Sander’s Theater: Harvard University/ Camb, MA
“Next Stop Wonderland” role of Ben/Miramax
“Beacon Hill” role of Henry Fowler
“Second Sight” Lorimar Productions
“Jubilee Singers” The American Experience WGBH/Boston, MA (voice over)
Tufts Healthcare (voice over)
“Africans In America” WGBH/Boston, MA (voice over)
“Old Ironsides-USS Constitution Museum” Northern Light Prod./Boston, MA
“Spenser For Hire: By What Right” Boston, MA
Maxell House Coffee, Boston Globe, N.W. Airlines, Shaws, Suzuki Motors, W.I.C., McDonald’s, Healthsource, Fallon Community Health, N. E. Patriots, Shawmut Bank, Citizens Bank, T. J. Max, Industrials, Federal Express, Cramer, General Mills Foods, Digital, Sears-Reebok, IBM, U.S. Postal Services, AT&T, Ford Motor Company, Boston University, Mass. General Hospital, CVS.
“Ain’t Misbeavin” Charles Playhouse/Boston, MA
“The All Night Strut” Norwell, MA. Sudbury, MA
“Tom Foolery” Norwell, MA. Sudbury, MA
“1940”s Radio Hour” Norwell, MA. Sudbury, MA
“Pippin” Vokes Theater, Wayland, MA