Desiree Apolonio Bassett
Desiree Apolonio Bassett was born September 11, 1992 in New Haven, Connecticut. At the tender age of 3, she became fascinated with playing the guitar and singing. Her delighted parents, Daniel and Myrna Bassett, quickly realized that their little girl was clearly a budding protege so her father began formally teaching her. Her first lessons were on a half-sized Lotus guitar, but by the age of 5, Desiree was playing her dad’s full-sized ’83 Ibanez Roadstar II. Within a few years she was entertaining her family and friends with Joe Satriani, Boston, and Triumph tunes and performing in music competitions. At the age of 9, she began study at the University of Connecticut music program and went on to win Talent America’s Musician of the Year in 2005 in New York City at age 12.
Desiree continued to hone her skills playing venues around New England in open mic jams where she was discovered by bassist Doug Wimbish who invited her to share the stage at his annual Wimbash in Hartford. She has performed with many outstanding and renowned musicians including Living Colour, Andy Aledort, members of the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Vibrato, Pete Schneips Band and XY Eli Band. She had developed a rich portfolio of her own original music and went into the Pat Keegan Studios in Wallingford, CT in 2005 to start recording her first CD. Her first five tracks were all recorded with Desiree featured on all instruments. In time, she was invited to play multiple venues and began traveling with her own band which included David Stoltz (former bassist of the Dickey Betts Band) and drummer Robert Gottfried.
In 2006 and 2007, Desiree was invited to the music industry’s annual NAMM show in California and came home with an endorsement from Peavey Guitars. She was presented to a wider audience of musicians and was honored at a breakfast for the ‘Seven most influential women in the music business’. The following July, she was featured in the July issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Soon after, she was also endorsed by Daisy Rock and Schecter Guitars. Nova Sound Studios offered Desiree a production agreement where she began recording with Nova owner, Doug Wimbish. Her dad became her full-time manager and promoter and helped her put together her own band, The Time Machine. With the explosion of the social media world, Desiree quickly became world-known through videos of her performances on MySpace and YouTube.
At age 15, Desiree was a featured artist with the Marshall Tucker Band when they performed in Connecticut. Her first CD, “Power and Force” was nearly complete when she was asked to open for a Jimmie Vaughn performance and shortly after, she was asked to play lead guitar as a special guest with Sammy Hagar at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino. Desiree celebrated her 16th birthday with a formal CD release party and performance at the Capitol Theater in Willimantic, Connecticut and a few months later, she opened for a Rick Derringer performance in Norwich, Connecticut.
In 2009, Desiree released her second CD, “Power and Force II” and it earned a full- page endorsement on CD Baby. As her music was quickly gathering world-wide attention, she dove into working on her third CD; all the while performing exciting venues with her band which included the Wolf’s Den at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino. She was invited to play at the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock where she had the privilege of sharing the stage with Geraldo Velez (Jimi Hendrix’s original percussionist) where they ended the night’s performance with Jimi’s famous “Purple Haze”. Desiree continued to be featured in various T.V. and radio programs as well as newspaper articles.
At age 17, she had reached a major plateau in her musical career and now had to decide whether she was going straight to Berklee or accept the opportunity of a lifetime as lead guitar with the Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal” Tour. August of 2011 found Desiree in Montreal rehearsing and preparing for a musical extravaganza that would take her around the world to around 27 different countries in 141 cities next three years with over 500 performances, hitting the box offices of being the 7th highest grossing tour of over $374 million. After the tour ended, Desiree returned to Connecticut to begin recording her next CD and perform with her band.
Since the tour had ended, Desiree has recently pursued in other tours in 2015 such as the “Blue Moon Tour” with world renowned drummer Stacey Lamont Sydnor and world famous bassist Linley Marthe that took place in Europe in 4 different countries, and 2 featured homecoming shows with Jane Zhang in Chengdu, China. She is now currently doing shows with Siksay Band and still doing shows with Time Machine. Her next tour will be another Michael Jackson Tribute called “The Legacy” featuring William Hall that takes place at the end of this May starting in Australia.