Desiree Apolonio Ragoza (Bassett) became fascinated with playing guitar and singing at the age of 3 and by the age of 5, she was already able to play songs from artists such as Joe Satriani, Boston, and Triumph and she was also performing in local music competitions. At age 12, she began studying 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.
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 with his band Living Colour in New Haven, CT and to perform and to perform at his annual Wimbash in Hartford which eventually led into the exposure of what the music industry was really all about. Throughout the years, she has performed with many outstanding and renowned musicians including Andy Aledort, Geraldo Velez, Jeff Baxter “Skunk”, members of The Allman Brothers Band, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent , Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat, Barry Goudreau (formerly of the band Boston), and many more. With the explosion of the social media world, Desiree quickly became world-known through videos of her performances on MySpace, Facebook and YouTube throughout the years.
Desiree’ currently has 3 albums out (Power & Force, Power & Force II and A Bit Above) and has performed on a few tours major tours:
Currently, Desiree’ still continues to tour around the world while on her time off works on her 4th album and performs shows local in her home state of Connecticut with her band Desiree’ & Friends, a power trio band that features her on lead guitar and vocals. She also performs as a bassist for a variety of bands.
Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour was the first of two different theatrical productions by Cirque du Soleil using the music and vision of Michael Jackson along with Cirque du Soleil's signature acrobatic performance style to create a realistic concert experience. The show was written and directed by Jamie King and produced in partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson. The arena show—which is very similar to a rock concert—began its tour on October 2, 2011, in Montreal. After touring North America for one year, Immortal continued through Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East before returning to North America in February, 2014 for a total of 501 shows from 141 cities. It is the most financially successful Cirque production and highest grossing tribute show in history. By December 2011, just two months after it was launched, the show had sold over $100 million in tickets from US and Canada dates and became the top touring act in America, according to Forbes. The tour wrapped in mid-2014 after amassing $371 million in revenue with ticket sales of 3.7 million from 27 countries ranking the tour as the eighth highest-grossing tour of all time.
Jane Zhang's Bang The World Concert featured two concerts in Jane’s hometown Chengdu, China. One concert featuring a very electrifying show of dance, pop, and electronic and another concert Jane Zhang and Friends that performed with a 90 piece orchestra and had featured world famous artists such as Chris Botti and John Legend.
The Legacy Tour featuring William Hall is a totally dedicated, emotionally powerful driven show that tributes to the all time favorite Michael Jackson. The tour took place in Australia from May – July of 2016 and August – October of 2017 and Germany from September – October of 2016 and is still currently touring around the world.