For nearly three decades, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music’s most successful creative forces. His list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. Child’s career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut… from Bon Jovi & Aerosmith to Ricky Martin… from KISS to Kelly Clarkson… from Cher to Alice Cooper. “Desmond’s a chameleon,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler told Rolling Stone. “The first time we met, we wrote ‘Angel’ in about an hour and 45 minutes - and I’m not bullshitting. The guy’s a f#@king genius.”

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Child attended Miami-Dade College. It was in Miami that he formed the group Desmond Child & Rouge in 1973. Soon after, he moved the group to New York City to pursue their musical dreams. “My band Desmond Child & Rouge recorded two albums for Capitol in 1979 and we had a dance hit, ‘Our Love Is Insane,”’ recalls Child. “But ultimately, we were doing something very different and urban. We weren’t really understood by our label.”

Child’s experience as a recording artist would soon play a role in his songwriting future. His songs caught the ear of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, who asked Desmond to co-write a track for the band’s 1979 Dynasty album. The result was “I Was Made for Loving You,” which is still one of the biggest hits in the KISS catalogue. Paul Stanley then passed Child’s phone number to New Jersey rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon called Desmond and the three ended up in the basement…

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Discography Highlights

LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA Robert Rosa, Escolar Gomez, Desmond Child
WB Music Corp./Hadem Music Corp./Deston Songs LLC

YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME John F. Bongiovi, Richard Sambora, Desmond Child
Aggressive Music/Bon Jovi Publishing/Polygram/Desmobile, Inc./EMI April Music, Inc./Sony-ATV Tunes LLC/Universal Polygram Intern

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