desmond the songwriter is from the birthplace of reggae and dancehall music, Kingston, Jamaica, and the first thing you will learn upon meeting him is that music is undeniably embedded in his DNA. Little wonder that his kaleidoscope of dazzling accomplishments includes many accolades. His latest release, the concept album Happiness Is Priceless, debuted on the Nielsen SoundScan Reggae Chart and the South Florida Reggae Chart. Pop Magazine recently named the album number 44 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2020 above albums from artists like Taylor Swift and Ledisi. This list includes Alicia Keys, John Legend and Gregory Porter. The Nashville Songwriters Associational International recently repeatedly recognized desmond as a Songwriter to Watch. He has been nominated for an Emerging Artist of 2021 Award by Pop Magazine.
desmond played lead roles in Jamaica’s LTM National Pantomime, acting and singing at the famous Ward Theatre. He also did cabaret performances on Jamaica’s North Coast hotel circuit at locations like Club Jamaica and Americana (now the lavish Moon Palace). And, if that wasn’t enough, desmond also worked as the first administrator of the performing rights organization, the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Ltd (JACAP).
The exciting album features ten tracks, from easy mid-tempo to vibrant upbeat, and is about money or the lack of it, and how those realities affect the choices that one makes in life. To maximize the album’s engagement, desmond enlisted the creative support of some of the best talents in the business – the amazing Dean Fraser (Dennis Brown, Sly & Robbie, Luciano, Tarrus Riley), super talented Courick Clarke (Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Toots Hibbert, Tessanne Chin,) and hit machine Mikey Bennett (Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Cindy Lauper) with additional support on the New York side from powerhouses Sidney Mills ( Smashing Pumpkins, Ziggy Marley, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Cindy Lauper) and James Gately.
“I am excited about my new album which is a sizzling hybrid of roots reggae, dancehall and R & B music.”
Inspired by Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, and Jimmy Cliff, desmond the songwriter is hoping that the new set will attract airplay and chart activity as he is ready to jump on the reggae tour circuit. He wants to be a global superstar one day, and his long-term plan includes writing hit songs for other performing stars in the music industry.
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