Tara Leslye Kemp (born May 11, 1964 in Livermore, California ) is an American singer who was signed to the Giant Records label. She is best known for her two top ten 1991 singles " Hold You Tight " and " Piece of My Heart ."


" Hold You Tight ," written by singer-songwriter Will Hammond Jr., achieved RIAA gold status and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart . It was No. 25 for the year on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1991 . It peaked at No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart . It was followed by another Top 10 single, " Piece of My Heart ", which reached No. 7 in July 1991 and came in at No. 84 for the year . Kemp's quick success was short-lived, however, as her third single " Too Much " stalled at No. 95, with further releases failing to chart at all. She also recorded a song titled "Action Speaks Louder Than Words," which was featured on the soundtrack for the Fox television series, Beverly Hills, 90210 . "Come Correct" was released in 1994. Giant Records folded not long thereafter.

In 2013, Kemp launched a Facebook page and YouTube channel containing new photography, uploads of vintage material and teasers to a new track called "Water." In 2014 and 2015, Kemp revealed in interviews that she was working on new material. [4] [5] In April 2016, Kemp released "Paris in Spring" (featuring D'wayne Wiggins ), her first single in 22 years, as a charity single to benefit victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks . [14]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak positions
1991 Tara Kemp 109 34


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
1991 " Hold You Tight " 3 4 15 68 24 19 69
  • US: Gold
Tara Kemp
" Piece of My Heart " 7 47 81
" Too Much " 95
1994 "Come Correct" non-album single
2016 "Paris in Spring" (featuring D'Wayne Wiggins ) non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.