Since his days performing in Desmond Child and Rouge in 1970s New York City, singer-songwriter Desmond Child has achieved legendary music world status as a multi-platinum hitmaker. His songwriting credits read like a five-decade history of pop and rock music, including everything from Kiss’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” Cher’s “We All Sleep Alone,” and Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” with over a hundred songs—including more than eighty Top 40 hits across virtually every genre in recorded music—along the way. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and cofounder, along with fellow Cuban-American composer Rudy Pérez, of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, Child recently joined the ranks of fellow musical innovators Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Carly Simon, and others when he received an ASCAP Founders Award for his “exceptional contributions to music.” As a member of ASCAP’s board, he is also an outspoken advocate for musicians and songwriters in the age of streaming music services. Stepping out from behind the scenes, Child takes the stage at The Appel Room for an evening of soulful interpretations that lend new depth and dimension to songs you think you know.

“One of the most successful songwriters of the past 30 years.”
– New York Times
“A passionate singer, a consummate songwriter, and a remarkable human being, Child is a one-of-a-kind artist.”
– on Desmond Child at 54 Below



10 Columbus Circle


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Desmond Child

With special guest Lena Hall

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm The Appel Room

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