desmond

For fans of:Bob Marley, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars
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desmond
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 for his
vocal performances, conducting and teaching of music. He also holds a
doctorate in music from the University of Southern Mississippi. 
         
desmond's musical journey began at Rollington Town Seventh-day
Adventist Church in Kingston. He was taken there by his adoptive parents
and exposed to classical and gospel music, immediately embracing both
genres and discovering his musical gifts at church. He sang with the
youth choir there, eventually becoming youth choir director, church
choir director and director of music. Before long, he was enjoying the
thrill of going on the road, opening at the age of 8, for the Gospel
Proclaimers, one of the most popular gospel groups in the 1980s.
       
desmond attended Kingston College, a prominent all-boys high school in
Jamaica with a reputation for an acclaimed music department. While
there, he made the most of participating in their world-famous KC Chapel
Choir as choir member, soloist and assistant choir master. desmond
subsequently enriched some of Jamaica's best choirs with his musical
gifts, among them, the Diocesan Festival Choir, National Chorale of
Jamaica and Jamaica Vocal Ensemble, for which he was founder and
artistic director. 
          
But as multi-talented as desmond is, his musical tentacles extended way
beyond choirs. He 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). 
           
Fast forward to 2020. desmond has been continuing with his work with
various choirs throughout New York City and beyond for several years.
But now, he has made a bold, new move.  desmond is coming to a location
near you with a sizzling new single called Rise Up, the first release
from his debut reggae and dancehall music album entitled Happiness Is
Priceless, which debuted on the Billboard Reggae Chart in its first
week. 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 has 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 (Queen Ifrica, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Toots Hibbert) and hit
machine Mikey Bennett (Shabba Ranks, JC Lodge, Dennis Brown, Cindy
Lauper) with additional support on the New York side from powerhouses
Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse, Aswad, Smashing Pumpkins, Ziggy Marley, Shabba Ranks, the Neville Brothers, Gwen Guthrie, Toots Hibbert, Sly & Robbie) and James Gately.
           
"I am excited about my new album which is a sizzling hybrid of roots
reggae, dancehall and R & B music. I've been a full-time student for
a long time, and I see this album as a release of my musical creativity
built up over many years", desmond revealed. 
           
Inspired by Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Chronixx, Collie Buddz, Steel
Pulse, and Stephen Marley, desmond 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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