Born and raised in Auburn, Alabama, Desmond is one of the artists from U-LAB's 'White Sessions'. Desmond grew up surrounded by music at his church with his minister father and choir director/pianist mother and also influenced by soul artists like Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder. "I realized that all these musicians I looked up to, they lived during a very horrible time in American history, where it was on the law books to discriminate against their humanity", says Desmond. "How could you not understand that this music is the response to oppression? That this music is connected much more to the heart than the head?"