|Desmond Child Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||October 28, 1953|
Desmond Child is an American songwriter, producer, and singer whose songwriting credits include a number of hit tracks such as You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ on a Prayer, Bad Medicine, and Born to Be My Baby by Bon Jovi; I Was Made for Lovin’ You by Kiss; We All Sleep Alone and Just Like Jesse James by Cher; I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; How Can We Be Lovers? by Michael Bolton; Poison by Alice Cooper; Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Angel, What It Takes, and Crazy by Aerosmith; The Cup of Life and Livin’ la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin. Moreover, Desmond Child co-founded the R&B-influenced pop-rock band Desmond Child & Rouge in 1975 which disbanded in 1980.
John Charles Barrett
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Songwriter, Producer, Singer
- Father – Joseph Marfy
- Mother – Elena “Mimi” Casals (January 28, 1927 – March 17, 2012) (Singer, Poet)
- Siblings – Joey (b. Joseph Stephen) (Younger Brother), Fred Barrett (Brother)
- Others – John Frederick Barrett (Stepfather)
Desmond Child has been signed with Deston Entertainment, Inc., Production Company, Nashville, Tennessee, United States.
Pop Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Disco, Latin Pop
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth has been $200 million.
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
95 kg or 209.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse
Desmond Child has dated –
- Maria Vidal – He was romantically involved with singer and songwriter Maria Vidal in the past. She has also been a founding member of the New York City-based band Desmond Child & Rouge. Desmond Child later came out to her and the song titled The Truth Comes Out from Desmond Child & Rouge‘s 2nd album Runners in the Night (1979) is written about that particular experience.
- Curtis Shaw – He is married to Curtis Shaw and the duo has twin sons – Roman Child and Nyro Child.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (White and Hispanic)
Desmond Child is of Hungarian descent on his father’s side and has Cuban roots on her mother’s side.
In July 2020, Desmond Child said in an interview with Xtra Magazine –
After making our first album, I started to realize that I was more gay than bi, and me and Maria separated.
- Pierced ear
- Receding hairline
Desmond Child Facts
- He grew up believing that his father was John Frederick Barrett (Desmond Child’s mother’s husband at the time of his birth) and only came to know that his biological father was a Hungarian man named Joseph Marfy when Child was 18 years old.
- In January 1991, he lost his younger brother to AIDS-related complications. Desmond Child recorded the song A Ray of Hope written by Don Paul Yowell as a tribute to his late brother.
- His fellow Desmond Child & Rouge members included Myriam Valle, Maria Vidal, and Diana Grasselli.
- Child’s debut solo album Discipline was released on June 18, 1991, via Elektra Records.
- In 2008, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- Over the years, Desmond Child has worked with a number of artists like Kiss, Cher, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Dream Theater, Per Gessle, Sebastian Bach, Ricky Martin, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Lindsay Lohan, Ava Max, Zedd, Meat Loaf, Ida Maria, Hilary Duff, Carrie Underwood, and Jesse McCartney.
- Along with Cuban-American composer Rudy Pérez, he co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
- In 2016, he received dual American-Hungarian citizenship through his Hungarian ancestry.
- Desmond Child composed the song The Steps of Champions for the Hungarian government as the official anthem of the 60th-anniversary commemorations of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
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