If you are a fan of top 40 music, then you will be familiar with the name Shawn Desman. The Toronto native and Juno Award-winning performer is a true name in the business. Judging by the reception he received during his two days as host of the Show Choir National championships at the Sony Centre for the Arts in Toronto, fans adore him.
Desman’s career already includes a platinum debut album, a sophomore Juno Award winning album for Best R&B/Soul Recording, chart-topping singles and videos, movie performances and numerous accolades under his belt. The singer, dancer, actor, songwriter and producer’s third highly anticipated album “Fresh” will debut in early May.
Born Shawn Bosco Fernandes, he came up with the stage name Desman because friends always referred to him as “Dez-Man.” He is a very friendly and charismatic individual. In an interview with The Suburban he said he absolutely loves coming to Montreal. A concert tour is in the planning stages and he hopes to see it take shape next fall.
Desman said he loves being associated with events like Show Choir Canada, stressing the importance of teens having such an opportunity to express their love for music. “I wish I had this when I was in high school,” he shared with the audience. “We had track.”
Here is my one-on-one chat with him:
From the moment he released his self titled debut platinum-selling album in the fall of 2002, Desman has enjoyed phenomenal success in the music industry. His album spent an incredible 49 weeks on the SoundScan Top 200 sales chart and produced two Top 10 singles and two number one videos. He instantly proved he was about to become a superstar entertainer worthy of all the critical acclaim and destined to be at the forefront of the global music stage.
Desman’s visibility then soared to even greater heights after the subsequent release of his sophomore gold-selling album “Back for More” which produced a number one hit single, three Top 10 hit singles, and also garnered him a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording. Desman’s hit single “Spread My Wings” was featured in the film “Kangaroo Jack” and appeared on the soundtrack. Desman has also worked with acclaimed producers Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child, and Whitney Houston) and Tricky Stewart (Beyonce, Rihanna, and Mary J Blige). His high-energy, infectious single, “Let’s Go,” exploded onto the Top 40 radio chart after just 1 week, peaking at number one. His extensive tour schedules, both in Canada and abroad, showcased him as a dynamic and energetic performer and received extensive praise from international fans.
It was these stellar live shows, coupled with the awards and album sales, which further bolstered Desman’s successful debut and international growth. The release of “Back for More” in Europe resulted in Desman moving to Germany for a short time as the singles flew up the international charts.
Despite the frenetic pace of his own career, Desman, has collaborated with other artists and producers to continue to explore the possibilities of music. He has co-written and co-produced three consecutive Juno Award winning albums in the Best R&B/Soul category. His passion for music continues to have him write and produce for artists and labels around the world.
Desman continues to have a very successful acting career including roles in Paramount MTV”s feature film “How She Move,” “Honey” starring Jessica Alba and “Get Over It” featuring Carmen Electra.
Having spent most of his life working diligently as a world renowned entertainer and performer, Desman continues to strive to leave an indelible mark on the human experience.
Here is some footage I got of Shawn performing for the Show Choir audience: