Sunday, October 28, 2012

Desiree Bassett

I first heard about Desiree Bassett a few years ago when I came across her youtube videos. She was all of 14 or 15 years old then, and had already jammed with Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Living Colour, Barry Goudreau, the Marshall Tucker Band and members of the Allman Brothers Band. She was named "Best Musician" by Talent America in 2005, has released two studio albums and has performed many times on both coasts of the United States.

Desiree, born in 1992 in New Haven, Connecticut, started playing guitar at about age three. At age four, she would be correcting her father as he attempted to learn new songs. Age age five, with a new Ibanez electric guitar in hand, she placed second at a talent competition playing a Joe Satriani cover. A few years later, at age nine, she began taking singing and guitar lessons at the University of Connecticut music program, where it was discovered she had perfect pitch and could play by ear. Desiree has been influenced by  Jeff Beck, Rick Emmett, Jimi Hendrix, Reba McEntire, the Allman Brothers and her personal idol Joe Satriani.

In 2005, she was voted Talent America's "Musician of the Year" in New York City.  Bassist Doug Wimbish discovered Bassett at an open mic event in Hartford, Connecticut and invited her to play at his annual Wim-Bash the following night. Later that year, she recorded five songs, performing all of the instruments; selling several hundred copies of the self-made CD.
Eventually word of her talents spread, and local musicians offered their services to be her band.  By November, she had built a local following. In December 2005 she took second place at the Olympics of Entertainment in New York City. In 2006, she performed at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Sponsorship followed from Peavey Amps, Schecter Guitar Research, and offers from Nova Sound Studios and Long View Farm Studios recording studios in North Brookfield, Massachusetts.  When she returned the following year to play at the NAMM Show, she was introduced as "the future of rock and roll." 
Desiree released her first CD, Power & Force Volume II, in 2008, at the age of 16. Currently, she is performing as the lead guitarist on tour with Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour which premiered in October 2011 and is scheduled to tour through Canada, the United States, and Europe.  She has plans to attend college for a music degree at some point in her career. 
I really like the way she plays. You can tell she loves what she is doing by her smiling and enthusiasm on stage. The future of rock is in good hands.

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