Desmond Child: Hit Maker

Desmond Child is a world renowned multi-platinum Grammy award winning songwriter/producer, whose career has successfully sustained for over 30 years. With 70 top forty records on the charts, Desmond has become one of the most sought after songwriters in music history. He has collaborated with the likes of Aerosmith, KISS, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and many more. Some of Desmond’s most notable achievements are writing Bon Jovi’s first number one record You Give Love a Bad Name and their massive hit, Livin’ on a Prayer.

Bon Jovi at Giants Stadium in N.J.

Desmond first began developing his musical skills in his home town of Gainesville, Florida. In 1973 while attending Miami-Dade College, he formed a band named Desmond Child & Rouge. Later after relocating to New York, the band released two albums under the Capital label, spawning the dance hit Our Love is Insane.

DESMOND CHILD AND ROUGE - st LP 78 w Runners In The Night LP 79
DESMOND CHILD AND ROUGE – st LP 78 w Runners In The Night LP 79

As Desmond’s music and unique songwriting style began to gain buzz throughout the industry, he would catch the attention of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley. Stanley asked Desmond to co-write on KISS’ upcoming 1979 album Dynasty. This legendary union produced one of KISS’ biggest songs to date, I Was Made for Loving You. After the success of that record, Stanley referred Desmond to the group Bon Jovi where he would soon craft hit records for them including, Livin’ on a Prayer and Bad Medicine.

ASCAP Chief Executive Beth Matthews, from left, Desmond Child and Paul Stanley at the 35th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Lester Cohen / Getty Images for ASCAP
ASCAP Chief Executive Beth Matthews, from left, Desmond Child and Paul Stanley at the 35th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Lester Cohen / Getty Images for ASCAP

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Desmond continued to expand his writing resume by working with a diverse group of heavy hitters. This list includes Aerosmith and their hit songs Dude Looks like a Lady (1987), Angel (1987), What it Takes (1989) and Crazy (1993).

Aerosmith

In 1989, Desmond had the pleasure of co-writing every song on Alice Cooper’s album Trash. The album, which included the Billboard Hot 100 top ten single Poison, went on to sell more than 2 million copies.

Seeking out to prove that he could find success in other genres besides rock, Desmond began writing for pop artist like Michael Bolton and Cher. In 1999, Desmond’s career skyrocketed with the release of Ricky Martin’s worldwide smash phenomenon Livin’ la Vida Loca.Desmond co- wrote the song in his own studio. Livin’went on to sell over 8 million copies and was nominated for four Grammys.

In the 2000s, pop artist like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Katy Perry all released songs written or produced by Desmond. In 2008, Desmond was honored for his musical contributions by being inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Desmond with his husband, Curtis Shaw, and their twin sons, Roman and Nyro.

Today, Desmond lives in Nashville with his husband and two twin sons. He is still writing and producing and has even added the title Film Director to his name. Desmond has recently teamed up with Hollywood historian and author David Ritz and has begun the process of writing his biography.

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About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...