- Artist: Richard Kevin Kemp, Sr.
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/26/2006
Richard Kevin Kemp Sr. was born in French Camp California on August 27th, 1959, and grew up in Stockton, CA. While attending Franklin High School, Kevin played drums and trombone in the well known Franklin Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Mel Won. Kevin also played drums in the Stockton Police Commodore Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as in local bands in the Stockton area. In 1981, Kevin, in his own words was seduced by the nightlife and drug culture, and became addicted to cocaine. As a result of a (4) month bout with drug addiction, Kevin was convicted of a drug related crime and sentenced to State prison. He served over (19) years in prison, and was released from San Quentin Prison in May, 2003. All of the songs ministered on this CD project were conceived and written within the prison walls of a California State Prison; most being written in San Quentin Prison where Kevin served as Minister of Music, and director for the world renowned San Quentin Prison Choir. During this period Kevin was assigned as an assistant to Chaplain Earl Smith Sr., which gave him a unique opportunity to minister to literally thousands of men. Kevin also co-founded I.M.P.A.C.T. (Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things) along with Chaplain Smith. He refers to this period as his "Wilderness Experience". Since being released Kevin has been systematically re-building his life, with the help of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and a faithful few Pastors and Ministers he has become accountable to. He has been blessed to re-establish close ties with his family and God has restored his marriage to his beautiful wife Brenda. Kevin often says that he just got his "Rib" back. Today, Kevin serves as the Minister of Music at the "World Impacting Church" in Elk Grove, California. He conducts weekly IMPACT "Male Accountability" seminars at three California Youth Authority Facilities, as well as monthly orientations at the Stockton, CA Parole Office for men and women recently released from prison. He also receives countless invitations to speak to youth organizations, Schools, churches and juvenile facilities. His desire is to deter at risk Youth from becoming future consumers of correctional services. If asked, Kevin will tell you that one of the highlights of his life since being released has been going back to San Quentin Prison (Through the front door!), to speak before the "National Black Congressional Caucus". He also returned to San Quentin in 2005to appear on the "Larry King Live" Show, where he was able to lift up the name of Jesus in a national arena. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ray Bragg, Firstborn Productions, Inc.~ ALBUM PRODUCER: R. Kevin Kemp.