Shawn Desman

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Shawn Desman
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Desman performing in 2011
Background information
Birth nameShawn Fernandes
Born (1982-01-12) January 12, 1982 (age 37)
OriginMississauga, Ontario, Canada
GenresPop, R&B, dance-pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, television personality, actor
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1995–present
LabelsUniversal Music Canada (2009-2018)
UOMO (2002-2009)
BMG Music Canada / Vik Recordings (2002-2007)
Associated actsDanny Fernandes, Nadine Coyle, Tyler Medeiros

Shawn Bosco Fernandes (born January 12, 1982), better known by his stage name Shawn Desman, is a Canadian pop/R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, television personality, and actor of Italian and Portuguese descent. He was signed to Universal Music Canada.


Shawn Desman attended St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Mississauga, where he took part in many talent shows and events. In 1998, Shawn Fernandes was in the Boomtang Boys video for their song "Squeezetoy" as a dancer. He had a few recordings in English and Portuguese under his real name Shawn Fernandes before adopting the name Desman. According to his own account, he adopted the name Desman because in his youth his friends referred to him as "Dez, man" - thus creating his artistic pseudonym Desman.

His self-titled breakthrough album in 2002 featured three top ten singles ("Shook", "Spread My Wings" and "Get Ready") on the Canadian charts. The album went on to achieve gold certification in Canada.[1] The single, "Spread My Wings", is a cover of the unreleased male group, Vega, featuring Chilli of TLC.

His follow-up album, Back for More garnered a Juno Award for Best R&B Recording which featured the number one hit single "Let's Go".

His album Fresh garnered two gold singles, one platinum single, Video of the Year at the Much Music Video Awards, Canadian Dance/Pop Song of the year at the Stylus Awards, as well as SOCAN Number 1 Award for Electric/Night Like This.

Shawn Desman is also a producer and has worked with various artists producing hit singles for Nick Carter, Kreesha Turner, Keshia Chante, Danny Fernandes, as well as contestants on YTV's The Next Star where he produced the song (One More First Chance) for Brock Zanrosso in 2009 and "It Might Be You" for contestant Parker Schmidt in 2011.

Desman performing at the Mod Club in Toronto, November 2013

In 2013, Shawn Desman released his fourth studio album, Alive along with an accompanying short film of the same name. The album spawned two hit singles; "Nobody Does It Like You" and "Dum Da Dum". In 2018, due to low ticket sales, a Shawn Desman concert in Wasaga Beach was made free for the public.[2]



  • Shawn Desman's eponymous debut album was certified Gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
  • In 2006, won a Juno Award for "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year".
  • In 2011, won "Video of the year" at the Much Music Video Awards for his video "Electric/Night Like This".
  • In 2011, won Canadian Dance/Pop Single of the Year at the Stylus Awards.
  • In 2011, awarded SOCAN #1 Award for Electric/Night Like This reaching #1.
  • In 2013, ALIVE movie awarded Best Outstanding Short Film at Reel World Film Festival

Free the Children[edit]

Inspired by the commitment and passion of the youth at his first We Day performance in 2010, Shawn became a Free the Children ambassador and has regularly appeared on the We Day stage since then. He also choreographed the We Day dance in 2011 and designed the “This Is How We Do It” T-shirt for Me to We, which was one of the best selling shirts at We Day. In the summer of 2013, Shawn travelled to Kenya to witness first-hand the impact FTC initiatives are making. While there, he collaborated with the Kenyan Boys Choir for the first time. Later that year, Shawn hosted the Canadian leg of the We Day tour, where he debuted a special rendition of “Won’t Give Up On You” (Alive) with the Kenyan Boys Choir.

Personal life[edit]

Desman is of Portuguese descent. Desman is the oldest of three brothers. His brothers are Canadian singer Danny Fernandes and Jonathan Fernandes. Canadian singer Tyler Medeiros is his cousin. On August 25, 2007, he married longtime girlfriend and fellow Canadian dancer, Chantelle Leonardo who was featured in many of his earlier music videos and has made appearances in films such as Honey and Shall We Dance. Together they have two sons.

On October 9th, 2019 Drake publicly recognized Desman as being one of the original stars to help put the city of Toronto on the map.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak Certifications
Shawn Desman
  • Released: October 30, 2002
  • Label: UOMO, Sony BMG
  • Format: CD
Back for More
  • Released: August 3, 2010
  • Label: UOMO, Universal Canada
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: February 5, 2013
  • Label: UOMO, Universal Canada
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
1995 "Tu és Minha"[citation needed] Non-album singles
1999 "Don't Want to Lose You" 19
2002 "Get Ready" 1 37 Shawn Desman
"Shook" 3 64
2003 "Spread My Wings"[11]
"Sexy"[12] Back For More
2005 "Let's Go" 6 27
"Red Hair"[13]
2010 "Shiver" 18 33 16 18 Fresh
"Night Like This" 22 9 9 13
  • MC: Platinum[4]
"Electric" 23 11 15
  • MC: Platinum[4]
2011 "Moneyshot" / "Something Stupid"[A]
2012 "Nobody Does It Like You" 18 12 23 12 Alive
"Dum Da Dum" 32 14 14 21
2013 "Too Young to Care"[15]
2015 "Victoria"[17] 31 48 TBA
"Obsession"[18] 24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that territory or format.
  1. ^ "Moneyshot" and "Something Stupid" were released as a dual-single in 2011.[14]


  • 2003: "Movie Star (Remix)" Rascalz feat. Shawn Desman
  • 2006: "All Eyes on Me" Puppet feat. Shawn Desman
  • 2010: "Feel It" Danny Fernandes feat. Shawn Desman

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - February 2003". Archived from the original on 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  2. ^ "No one wanted to pay to see a Shawn Desman concert — so an Ontario beach town had to make it free". National Post. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  3. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in Canada:
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Canadian certifications – Shawn Desman". Music Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Shawn Desman Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Shawn Desman Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Shawn Desman Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Shawn Desman Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Shawn Desman - Get Ready". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  10. ^ / PhonoNet GmbH. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  11. ^ "Shawn Desman - Spread My Wings (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Sexy - Shawn Desman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Promo Only - Promo Only - Chart Radio 096 - 2005 07 Jul :: Various Artists [CHRRADIO_096]". University of British Columbia Music Database. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  14. ^ Collins, Leah (June 15, 2011). "MMVAs Profile: Shawn Desman on 'Electric/Night Like This'". Ottawa Citizen. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Virgin Radio 96 :: Shawn Desman - Too Young To Care". CJFM-FM. Bell Media. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Stuck (Version Francaise) - Single by Shawn Desman". iTunes Store (Canada). Apple Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Victoria - Single by Shawn Desman". iTunes Store (Canada). Apple Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Obsession - Single by Shawn Desman". iTunes Store (Canada). Apple Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2016.

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