Bursting on to the pop scene with one of the most exciting debut singles of 2016 comes Desmond John. At just 16 years of age but with the world-beating sound of a global pop superstar, he will release his first single, ‘Untradable’, on November 4th. LISTEN HERE
The song, produced by Grammy award-winner Kuk Harrell, is an up-tempo, dance smash that’s sure to light the touchpaper on the start of a dynamic career for the South African teenager. With ‘Untradable’, Harrell, who has been pivotal in Rihanna’s career and has also worked with Justin Bieber and Beyoncé, has created another huge hit that launches Desmond John onto the international music scene.
Desmond John was born in Germany to a South African mother and British father. He spent his formative years in Frankfurt and Johannesburg, but calls Cape Town his home and has recently also spent time in the UK and Atlanta, USA. An avid footballer, as a young boy Desmond dreamed of achieving fame on the field, however, from the age of thirteen he began expressing himself through music.
While experimenting with a friend at a Johannesburg studio he was overheard by a visitor from the United States who – impressed by Desmond John’s sound – encouraged him to come to Atlanta. After being introduced to various Grammy Award-winning producers and musicians he began working with industry leaders such as Kuk Harrell, Kendrick Dean, DJ Toomp, Li’l Ronnie and more.
Drawing his inspiration from legends including Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Babyface, Justin Timberlake and Drake, Desmond has developed his own compelling sound – part pop, part R&B, with richly layered vocals.
In his first single, ‘Untradable’, he combines his love for pop music and dance-ready vibes with a catchy, melodic hook – a pulsating preview of what’s to come.