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“Jamaican to perform on 'Apollo Live' With the aim of promoting Jamaica worldwide, United States-based artiste Desmond The Songwriter said he tried to represent the country to the best of his ability when he participated in the Apollo Live reality series that will be aired later this year. Some time ago, Desmond said he auditioned for the show when it went to Atlanta and he was invited to be part of it. This was way better than his previous attempt where he got to the top of the line to enter the auditorium right in time to hear that auditions had ended. Nonetheless, he said he was pleased with his three-day experience on the show that will be aired on November 25 on BET/Centric. He said he was the only Caribbean person on the show, and only one other act performed an original song. GOOD EXPERIENCE "I met a lot of important people. I worked with a really good band. To go in an environment like that and people seem to like my music, it was very encouraging," he told The Gleaner. ”

“On this EP, the singer gets a chance to show what he can do vocally, and it’s a pretty amazing thing. The opening title cut is one where he gets to show his love of the Reggae art form, and also shows his personal philosophy about keeping your chin up when things look at their bleakest. Speaking of having deep personal strength, the singer exudes that phrase on the self-evident “Makes Me Stronger,” and the set finishes off with the excellent “No One.” With music this strong, I’ve got a feeling that 2012 could very well be Desmond’s year!”

“So whose down with a Reggae singer who is classically trained? What you are about to hear is different in every sense of the word. Desmond The Songwriter is truly his own man behind the microphone. Based in New Orleans, his voice is almost operatic, almost caberet and all heart. The best single on his current EP is called "No One," as it combines this voice of his with traditionally rootsy Reggae, like back-in-the-day Trojan Reggae. When I first heard this I wasn't totally sure I liked it...I didn't know what to make of it...then I decided in short order that I loved it. Desmond is a seasoned performer having toured the US, Europe and the Caribbean extensively, and it is without question he takes pride in himself and his music. If the ten tracks soon to be released are like the three on his EP, you can be sure you will be getting some seriously feel-good music.”

“Very nice opening with the drum beat, sax and piano. Singer has an interesting voice, very distinctive. I like the harmonies, as well. The lyrics are nice, too, inspirational without being too cheesy. I'd like to see this one get some radio play. (review of Losers Never Win)”

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"i told him that i want to be a winner" lyrics offering such a great theme here,tells how positive mind make all happen.the male voice was perfect for the track.the piano and other music was good. (review of Losers Never Win)

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“This sounded so soothing. the vocals sure helped in that feeling, and also the music. i think this was a professional sounding song and everything here was helpful in that, the background vocals and everything. Loved this. (review of Makes Me Stronger)”

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“Very beautiful intro! The trumpet is really impressive and the piano is played very well! Nice tunes! Really amazing! I like the percussion pretty much! The singer sounds very good! The background singer sound great! Very great track! It is well arranged and progressed! It has nice transitions and breaks! Very nice bridges! I love it! (review of Makes Me Stronger)”

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“Great intro! Lovely tunes! :D The singer has a great voice! The womens' voices are beautiful and are a great addition to the man's voice!! The trumpet is very amazing! Nice solo! Really nice! The piano is good! The drums are good, too! :) The song sounds really relaxing and it is nice listening to it! Great song! (review of No One)”

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“The EP “Losers Never Win” from the classically trained inspirational reggae/soul singer/songwriter desmond is available today on iTunes and Amazon.com The single features Pam Hall providing harmonies, Desi Jones on drums, Leabert “Gibby” Morrison on bass, Dennis Rushton on keyboards and Nicholas Laraque on saxophone. Desmond, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, has sung gospel, soul, jazz and classical music solo and in choirs professionally since he was eight years old. The musicians playing on the single, which was recorded at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s studio in Kingston, Jamaica, represent the crème de la crème of the internationally renowned Jamaican reggae/pop/jazz scene. Desmond is currently performing around the US in support of the single.”