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Photos: Songwriting Legend Desmond Child Shares His Craft with SMS High School Students

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Grammy winning and Emmy nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child (above with KMC Executive Director Kate Sheeran) is one of music’s most accomplished hitmakers, with credits appearing on more than 80 Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up In Vegas” and many more. From Aerosmith to Zedd, his genre-defying collaborations include Bon Jovi, KISS, Cher, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Sia, Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog, selling over 500 million records worldwide. This November, Special Music School High School composition majors had the opportunity to work with Desmond at a series of songwriting workshops. The week ended with a rousing "Cover Me" performance featuring SMS students performing Desmond's songs.

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