Child’s experience as a recording artist would soon play a role in his songwriting future. His songs caught the ear of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, who asked Desmond to co-‐write a track for the band’s 1979 Dynasty album. The result was “I Was Made For Loving You,” which is still one of the biggest hits in the KISS catalogue. Paul Stanley then passed Child’s phone number to New Jersey rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon called Desmond and the three ended up in the basement of Sambora’s parents’ house, where they penned Bon Jovi’s first number-‐ one single, “You Give Love a Bad Name.” The collaborations continued and they followed with two more chart-‐toppers: “Livin’ on a Prayer” from the band’s breakthrough album Slippery When Wet and “Bad Medicine” from the follow-‐up, New Jersey.
Child soon began duplicating the feat with other major artists. He hooked up with Aerosmith and wrote “Dude Looks Like a Lady” & “Angel” (from the their 1987 comeback album, Permanent Vacation), “What It Takes” (Pump, 1989), and “Crazy” (Get a Grip, 1993). During the same period, he co-‐wrote Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and all of the tracks on Alice Cooper’s Trash album (including the hit single “Poison”). At this point, Desmond began branching out from his rock base, co-‐ penning Michael Bolton’s “How Can We Be Lovers,” as well as, co-‐writing and producing “Just Like Jesse James” and “We All Sleep Alone” for Cher. 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 via 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. This success carved the way for several more hits and Grammy nominations on Ricky Martin (Columbia, 1999), Sound Loaded (C2, 2002) and more recently M.A.S Musica+Alma+Sexo (Sony Latin, 2011).
Despite having worked for nearly forty years as a writer, producer, and artist, Child remains energized and enthusiastic… ready to create hits indefinitely. “I was born with a certain drive and sense of destiny that keeps me going,” says Child. “Maybe it was because I was born poor; I wanted to win for the family. I still put a lot of energy in what I do. I try to really live life, so I have new experiences that I can write about.” More than twenty years after the number one beginning in that New Jersey basement, Desmond Child remains as in-‐demand as ever. His latest projects include: Katy Perry’s #1 2008 hit “Waking Up In Vegas”, Alice Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Miranda Cosgrove, Weezer, Paul Stanley, The Rasmus, Tokio Hotel, Rock Mafia, and his old pals in Bon Jovi. “The Desmond you don’t know about,” says Jon Bon Jovi, “is the one who not only taught me the next level of songwriting, but so many of the true aspects of friendship: truth, honor and loyalty. We’ve been through a lot together -‐ the ups and the downs…and the ups again.”