Singer-Songwriter Desmond Child takes oath of Hungarian citizenship in Washington, DC

Publicated on: February 8, 2016

Professional singer and songwriter Desmond Child was presented with Hungarian citizenship by Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi in Washington, DC.

Professional songwriter and musician Desmond Child took his oath of Hungarian citizenship last Sunday in ceremony held at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Born John Charles Barrett, the 62-year-old has written hits for the likes of Bon Jovi, Shakira, KISS, and Ricky Martin throughout his distinguished career. In total his records have sold in excess of 300 million copies globally.

At the ceremony Child recalled his regular visits to Hungary, first travelling to Budapest and then beyond at the age of nineteen alongside his Hungarian-born father.

Inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2008, Child pledged his intentions to Ambassador Szemerkényi to establish a similar institution for Hungarian musicians in Budapest.

Ambassador Szemerkényi presents Desmond Child with the certificate officially conferring Hungarian citizenship

 Ambassador Szemerkényi with Desmond Child and his children