OTIS KEMP: National #1 single a rare accomplishment for an independent artist. PHOTOS COURTESY OF OTIS KEMP
MIAMI, Fla. – Independent artist Otis Kemp’s vision and work ethic are paying off, as his latest single – “Daily Bread” – is number one on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart.
The rare accomplishment for an independent artist is extra special for Kemp, who is the first Gospel artist from South Florida to have a national #1 single.
“I am South Florida through and through. I’m proud of where I’m from and the culture that I represent,” said Kemp.
“For me to break through like this from a region that doesn’t always get a lot of attention for this genre is mind blowing to me, and I just thank God as well as the radio programmers around the country who are playing ‘Daily Bread.’”
“Daily Bread” jumped three positions in one week to reach the #1 spot.
Inspired by Matthew 6:9-13, “Daily Bread” personifies an expression of daily gratitude that provides a respite from the daily challenges people inevitably face. It is a memorable, supple song with an R&B groove and a faith-filled message.
The song has also been a #1, 11@11 fan favorite on SiriusXM’s Kirk Franklin Praise two consecutive weeks, and this week impacted the Urban AC chart.
Otis Kemp is carving his own lane in Gospel, one where the good news is shared through the vivid lens of South Florida culture with a dose of Bahamian flavor for seasoning.
It’s a distinctive vibe that comes naturally to Kemp, who grew up a “rowdy PK” with a smooth voice that stood out in the family group he sang with as a young boy.
INSPIRED BY MATTHEW 6:9-13, “DAILY BREAD” PERSONIFIES AN EXPRESSION OF DAILY GRATITUDE THAT PROVIDES A RESPITE FROM THE DAILY CHALLENGES PEOPLE INEVITABLY FACE.
Kemp began his career writing with Miami-based artists Rick Ross and Flo Rida, and was surrounded by hip hop culture. While it was a great experience, it didn’t make him want to be a hip hop or R&B artist himself.
“I have always been clear about the legacy I want to leave,” said Kemp. “I want to be remembered for giving God the glory for the life that He gave me. Even though I have done other types of music, it was always behind the scenes, in the writing room. As an artist, there was never a doubt that I would sing Gospel music.”
“Daily Bread” is available on all digital service providers.