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Birth name
John Charles Barrett

Curtis Shaw


Years active

Nyro Child, Roman Child

Desmond Child

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October 28, 1953 (age 70) Gainesville, Florida (

Pop rock, adult contemporary, glam metal, disco, latin pop

Associated acts
Selena, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Kiss

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Movies and TV shows
Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro, The Next GAC Star

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Ricky Martin, Richie Sambora, Diane Warren, Andreas Carlsson, Draco Rosa

Songwriter, producer

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Desmond Child (born John Charles Barrett; October 28, 1953) is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the son of Hungarian father Joseph Marfy and a Cuban songwriter Elena Casals.


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His hits as a songwriter include Kiss' "I Was Made for Lovin' You"; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Hate Myself for Loving You"; Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Bad Medicine" and "Born to Be My Baby"; Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady), "Angel", "What It Takes" and "Crazy"; Cher's "We All Sleep Alone" and "Just Like Jesse James"; Alice Cooper's "Poison"; and Ricky Martin's "The Cup of Life" and "Livin' la Vida Loca".

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Child's career started when he formed an R&B-influenced pop rock band, Desmond Child & Rouge in 1975 with singers Myriam Valle, Maria Vidal, and Diana Grasselli. This band is known for their inclusion on the soundtrack to The Warriors in 1979, with the song "Last of an Ancient Breed", and for the Billboard Hot 100 hit "Our Love is Insane". Their two albums sold poorly and the group disbanded in 1980. One member, Maria Vidal, went solo and had a hit in 1985 with "Body Rock".

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Artists Child has worked with include Kiss, Cher, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Dream Theater, Per Gessle, Ricky Martin, Selena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson. He is credited with discovering Troy Tuminelli and recommending him to Edgardo Diaz before Tuminelli landed in Menudo, and, eventually, on Guiding Light. He was the key partner in Alice Cooper's album Trash (1989). He was also responsible for the majority of song writing on Ratt's comeback album Detonator (1990).

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He scored a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1991 as a solo artist with "Love on a Rooftop," a song he had co-written with Diane Warren, originally recorded by Cher.

He produced Meat Loaf's album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, and co-wrote six of its songs.

Desmond wrote the song "Believe in Me" to Bonnie Tyler in 2012 and one year later was selected as the Eurovision Song Contest entry for the United Kingdom. Following the contest, Tyler received two Eurovision Song Contest Radio Awards for Best Song and Best Singer, making her the first UK representative to win the award.

Child was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2008. In 2013, he co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame along with fellow Cuban-American composer Rudy Pérez.

Desmond Child & Rouge

  • Desmond Child & Rouge (Capitol Records) (1979)
  • Runners in the Night (Capitol Records) (1979)
  • "Our Love Is Insane" (#51, 1979)


  • Discipline (Elektra Records) (1991)
  • Personal life

    Child lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his husband, Curtis Shaw, and their twin sons, Roman and Nyro. Child and Shaw's struggle to have a baby via surrogacy is recounted in the documentary Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro.

    The track "The Truth Comes Out" from Desmond Child & Rouge's second album Runners in the Night (1979) was written about 'coming out' to his girlfriend and Rouge bandmate, Maria Vidal.

    The song "A Ray of Hope", written by Don Paul Yowell, was recorded by Child as a tribute to his younger brother, Joey, who died in January 1991 of AIDS-related complications.

    Hailing from Hungarian ancestry, Child received dual American-Hungarian citizenship in 2016. Child recently released "The Steps of Champions" a song he wrote for the Hungarian government as the official anthem of the sixtieth anniversary commemorations of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.


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