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Songwriter Desmond Child to speak Tuesday at gay Stonewall Library & Archives in Fort Lauderdale

News release from Stonewall Library & Archives:

Child Stonewall Library & Archives and ArtExplosion '09, International GLBT Arts Festival, will feature An Evening with Desmond Child, 2008 Songwriters hall of Fame inductee, on Tuesday, February 17, at 6:00 PM at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium. The singer/songwriter/producer has penned 70 top 40 hits and will be discussing his career and the music industry today, along with a few tidbits about working with today's brightest young stars.
 
For nearly three decades, Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces and his list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. Child's career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity and in June, 2008, he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. His collaborations run the gamut... from Bon Jovi & Aerosmith to Ricky Martin..from KISS to Kelly Clarkson... from Cher to Alice Cooper.

A graduate of Miami Beach High School, Child attended Miami-Dade College and it was in Miami that he formed the group Desmond Child & Rouge in 1973. His songs caught the ear of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, who asked Desmond to co-write a track for the band. The result was "I Was Made for Loving You," which is still one of the biggest hits in the KISS catalogue. Child helped pen Bon Jovi's first number-one single, "You Give Love a Bad Name" and the collaboration continued with two more chart-toppers: "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Bad Medicine." Child then teamed up with Aerosmith and wrote "Dude Looks Like a Lady" & "Angel."

Desmond began branching out from his rock base, co-penning Michael Bolton's "How Can We Be Lovers," co-writing and producing "Believe" and "We All Sleep Alone" for Cher, as well as Sisqo's "Thong Song". In the midst of all of his success, he also found time to record the solo album Discipline (Elektra, 1991), which contained his own Top 40 hit, "Love on a Rooftop." In the late '90s, Child returned to his Latin heritage through collaborations with Ricky Martin. Their efforts resulted in the number-one worldwide smash "Livin' La Vida Loca." The two also scored big with the 1998 World Cup Theme "The Cup of Life," which was #1 in 22 countries. His has recently collaborated with Katy Perry, Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson, The Scorpions, Hilary Duff, Meatloaf, Ace Young, and his old pals Bon Jovi.
 
An Evening with Desmond Child is presented by Stonewall Library & Archives, Broward County Library, and ArtsUnited, as part of the ArtExplosion Arts Festival.  This year
ArtExplosion is highlighting Cuba, with five days of programming by and about gay and lesbian Cuban-American artists and authors, culminating with the appearance by Child.
 
This event will be held at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium, at 100 South Andrews Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, at 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
 
The mission of Stonewall Library & Archives is to collect, preserve, organize for use and display materials related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture and history; support related research and sponsor cultural and educational programs.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

For more information, please contact:

Jack Rutland

Executive Director

Stonewall Library & Archives

954-763-8565

[email protected]

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