This week on Art of the Song we talk with Kemp Harris. This Boston based and beloved artist is one of the voices we need right now. Defying categorization Kemp is a singer and songwriter, a master weaver of American musical styles. He’s an actor, activist, author, and storyteller, and an award-winning educator who has taught young public school students for more than 40 years. A Renaissance man with a wave of new fans discovering his creative perspective, Kemp honed his powerful, intimate performance style in Cambridge Massachusetts coffeehouses. He’s shared stages with artists such as Koko Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, and Taj Mahal.
He’s composed original music for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, established a songwriting residency at Boston’s Wang Theater, and delivered a series of master classes at Berklee College of Music on the subject of Artists as Activists, alongside Chad Stokes of the band Dispatch and members of the dance troupe Urban Bush Women.