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Hope Newman Kemp




For more information about Hope's newest album, Hoping For Real or for Concert Ticket information please use the buttons below.

Meet Hope

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A warm North Carolina welcome! I am glad you are here.

Three decades ago I traded the start of a songwriting and singing career for marriage and homeschooling kids.  Today the kids are grown, the marriage sweetly seasoned, and so here I am.  

I grew up old school: this digital world is a mystery to me, My record player was stacked with albums from Keith Green to Stevie Nicks to Ella Fitzgerald, Bach, and Gershwin. During High School in the 70's I traveled with a band that preached Jesus using popular music through racial harmony.  Today my songs still write themselves from all that information.  

I am a Christian psalmist, but also a soul rocker, and also a Big Band singer- and I just love all that "Earthy Gospel" stuff.

Hope Kemp Music exists to be a place to make something that doesn't add to the noise and helps quiet the soul, even if the only soul paying attention is my own. 

If you are here to give a listen, thank you!  I believe we have things to say to each other- I would love to hear from you too.


Hope lives in North Carolina and is married to Mark, a local dentist. She is the mother of four children, two daughters-in-love, and four perfect grandchildren.



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A songwriter’s retelling of The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams

Hoping For Real (The Rabbit Project) is a debut original song gallery and is intended to explore the ideas of longing and becoming contained within the very grown-up story of Margery Williams, " The Velveteen Rabbit."  Hope will be accompanied by her friends, John Fraser (bass), Ben Hardesty (percussion), David Kemp (guitar), Amos Housworth (cello), Matthew Davidson (violin), Andrew Benfante (organ) with narration by Katherine Holmes and Kevin Jordan. The studio recording is produced by Ben Hardesty of "The Last Bison", the script adapted and directed by Matthew Davidson. 

This show is a cd release theatrical concert.

2 performances only

When - August 16, August 17,
Where - Studio 1, 7:30pm

Studio 1, Holly Hill Mall

Admission is $10 at the door. Limited seating. Event is suitable for all ages.

Click HERE to reserve seating and for more information

Escape To The Lake

Escape to the Lake UTR Media songwriter’s retreat, Cedar Lake, Indiana

When - July19, - July 21
Where - Cedar Lake, Indiana

Gallery Players Gala

Hope and Alamance Jazz Band join members of The Gallery Players for night of Jazz standards and Broadway show tunes at the Paramount Theater, Burlington NC, 

When - July 28
Where - Paramount Theater,
Burlington NC

Burlington Carousel Festival

Hope will join the Alamance Jazz Band as vocalist. Time TBA, open to the public.

When - September 15
Where - Burlington City Park,
Burlington NC

Getty Music Conference

Hope joins a 200 member choir under the direction of Jonathan Rea (New Irish Arts) for the Getty Music Conference, Nashville TN

When - September 9, - 12
Where - Nashville, Tennesee

Alamance Jazz Band

Hope and Alamance Jazz Band, Raleigh NC private event.

When - November 10


Song leader for retreats and conferences (Piano and Assembly worship leading)

Jazz combo (standards) for special events 

Alamance Jazz Band upon contract

Vocals for your Jazz Band (male or female vocal chart range)

Performing, writing,  consulting background vocals for the studio

Customized music (live or recorded) for projects or theatre 

Song performances for special events (patriotic and holiday)

Private prayer retreats and house conerts