Desmond Barnes — Where are they now!

Desmond Barnes aka DB Bantino began working with FAME in his junior year at Morgan State University. In a recent article, Desmond stated “…the nonprofit FAME was the first official organization to give me and my music a chance and support my dream.  They provided me with recording studio opportunities, that I could not afford at the time, so that I could develop my promo materials.  In addition to moral and networking support, they challenged me with a commission opportunity to create, record and perform FAME’s theme song in 2009.  It was my first break to be professionally recognized for something that I created.  My exposure to and nurturing by FAME was a big motivating factor in establishing my career in music.”  The music and lyrics for the Theme Song can be found at

Desmond is from Southeast Washington, DC. He is a triple threat with the creative talents of being a producer, writer and artist. Desmond has written songs for Chris Brown, Future, Tory Lanes, Rae Sremmurd, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jason Derulo and many other major acts. He signed a publishing deal with Rodney Jerkins Seventy7 Music Publishing in 2014. He has worked closely with Rodney Jerkins on writing eight songs for Fox 5 prime TV show Empire.

Desmond has produced music for three different television campaigns including LG Smartphone company. He also has worked in the studio with producer Scott Storch and other hit producers writing records and working on his personal music.

Desmond is a regular supporter of FAME and its programs.  He often calls Ms. Toni to inspire her to continue motivating youth and speaking into their ears: “You are Enough”.   He also supports youth in other nonprofits by writing and producing workshops in DC to help teach and motivate others to pursue their dreams and how to establish careers in the music industry.


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