Grammy winning and Emmy nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child is one of music’s most accomplished hitmakers. He is also a performer, recording artist, film producer, author and motivational speaker. His credits appear on more than eighty Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades.
From Aerosmith to Zedd, his genre-defying collaborations include Bon Jovi, KISS, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Joan Jett, Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Meat Loaf, Christina Aguilera, Sia, Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog, selling over 500 million records worldwide with downloads, YouTube views and streaming plays in the billions.
Desmond’s musical lineage is deep. His Cuban mother Elena Casals, now known as the legendary “La Musa,” was a celebrated songwriter and published poet. He also grew up with the music of his aunt the internationally acclaimed Olga Guillot… the Queen of Bolero.
A graduate of New York University, Child and Maria Vidal, along with Myriam Valle and Diana Grasselli, formed Desmond Child & Rouge, recorded two albums for Capitol and were featured musical guests on Saturday Night Live.
The next major move: a sensational collaboration with Paul Stanley, resulting in many of KISS’ most enduring hits including “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Heaven’s On Fire.”
When Bon Jovi came calling, the New Jersey rockers had yet to hit #1. With Desmond joining the writing team of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, everything changed. “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Bad Medicine” all climbed to the top of the charts, and became international smashes.
That was only the beginning. Desmond hooked up with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to write “Dude Looks Like A Lady” and, with Tyler, “Angel.” And then the list only gets longer: He and Joan Jett turned out “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” He and Alice Cooper cooked up “Poison.” And back with Jon and Richie, he penned Cher’s “We All Sleep Alone.”
Desmond’s Elektra solo album, Discipline, yielded the hit “Love On A Rooftop” co-written with Diane Warren and Paul Stanley.
A move to Miami Beach once again changed the game. This time Desmond together with Draco Rosa ignited the Latin Music explosion, with the global #1 hits they co-wrote and produced for Ricky Martin: “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Shake Your Bon Bon,” “She Bangs” and the World Cup theme: “The Cup Of Life.”
Child was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and serves on its Board of Directors as well as the Board of ASCAP. In 2018 he received ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award celebrating 40 years as a proud member of ASCAP. Along with songwriter-producer Rudy Pérez he co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame where he is Chairman/CEO.
After many years as “the man behind the curtain,” Desmond has returned to the stage as a performer to rave reviews including filming a PBS special “Live At The Kate” airing this Spring. He also achieved his life long dream of working with Barbra Streisand writing the words and music to “LADY LIBERTY” performed by Barbra on her new album Walls.
Desmond recently completed his upcoming autobiography LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER: BIG SONGS BIG LIFE with David Ritz.