Rodney Jerkins

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Rodney Jerkins
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Background information
Also known as Darkchild
Born (1977-07-29) July 29, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, songwriter, rapper
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Brandy, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Rhona, Joy Enriquez, Ray J, Kirk Franklin, Justin Bieber
Website www.darkchild.com, www.musicmogul.com, www.myspace.com/Darkchild_joy, www.blazetrak.com/Darkchild

Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (born July 29, 1977) is an American record producer, songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most commercially successful producers in the history of music, he has collaborated with a very broad range of popular artists, including Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Luther Vandross, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. Responsible for over 160 million record sales worldwide and the winner of four Grammy Awards, Jerkins is widely considered one of the most successful producers in the history of popular music.[citation needed] Amongst his most notable productions are "You Rock My World" for Michael Jackson, "It's Not Right but It's Okay" for Whitney Houston, "Say My Name" for Destiny's Child, "If You Had My Love" for Jennifer Lopez, "Déjà Vu" for Beyoncé, "He Wasn't Man Enough" for Toni Braxton and "Telephone" for Lady Gaga.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Jerkins' father was an Evangelical pastor and he began playing piano at 5 years of age, following his brother and father who both played at church gatherings. At the age of 14, Jerkins was mentored by his idol, Teddy Riley, but he did not accept a contract offer to work with the producer due to an aspiration to build an "empire" without such support.[4]

Jerkins' first recorded output was a "gospel rap" collaboration with his brother, Fred Jerkins III, entitled On the Move. He later incorporated the name "Darkchild", at the age of 17, subsequently accepting a worldwide publishing deal with the EMI Music Corporation. The producer then proceeded to establish a commercial music career, initially working with artists such as Joe, Mary J. Blige and Brandy.[4]

Jerkins has been married to singer, Joy Enriquez, since April 4, 2004, with whom he has three children. Their first child, Rodney David Jr., was born on May 28, 2008, and their daughter, Heavenly Joy Jerkins, was born on November 17, 2009.[5] On October 19, 2012 Rodney and Joy welcomed their third child, Hannah Joy Jerkins.[6]

Production[edit]

Jerkins has produced for Joe, The Saturdays, Toni Braxton, Lindsay Lohan, Will Smith, Keyshia Cole, Monica, Brandy Norwood, Michael Jackson, Ayumi Hamasaki, Cher, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Mary Mary, The Black Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child, Spice Girls, TLC, Janet Jackson, Danity Kane, Beyoncé, Linda Király, Lady Gaga, Cascada, Tamia, Pussycat Dolls, Whitney Houston, Natasha Bedingfield, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, JYJ, Wonder Girls, Austin Brown, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Utada Hikaru, Brian McKnight and LMFAO.[5][7]

He is currently[when?] producing songs for Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber, JLS, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Ayumi Hamasaki, The Saturdays' forthcoming albums and Agnez Mo's upcoming debut album. Jerkins was a music producer and mentor on season 10 of American Idol.

When asked by Ryan Seacrest in 2013 the favourite people he's produced for he said "Definitely The Saturdays. Without a doubt. I had a lot of fun working with them and was really impressed with their voices. They were very down to earth and I like that a lot in an artist. I wish them all the best in America and think they could end up as big as The Spice Girls."[8]

In preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Arab artists reached out to Rodney to help produce a song that features the young Palestinian 2013 Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.

Record labels[edit]

In 1999, Jerkins joined Sony/Epic Records to promote power vocalist Rhona, Pop/R&B girl group So Plush and rapper Fats. Fats appeared on two tracks Jerkins produced for Michael Jackson's Invincible album and So Plush released the single "Things I've Heard Before". Subsequently, So Plush's singles, "Damn" and "Things I've Heard Before", were pressed and made available as promos, and Rhona's album was even released in Japan. In 2005 Darkchild Records reappeared when Jerkins signed brand new acts including Shamari Fears formerly of R&B group Blaque, female MC Asia Lee, Dancehall artist Atiba, and Gospel singer Anesha Birchett.

In 2006, he was appointed VP of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) for The Island Def Jam Group. Jerkins released his wife Joy Enriquez's second album Atmosphere Of Heaven, which features a religious direction, on his independent gospel imprint JoyFul Child Records. The Darkchild name has been loaned to Darkchild Gospel, a record company run by Jerkins' brother, Fred Jerkins III.[9] which released the latest album from VirtueTestimony.

Music Mogul, Inc.[edit]

In late 2008, Jerkins joined Nicholas Longano, Ray Brown, and Jonathan E. Eubanks in creating Music Mogul, Inc.[10] MusicMogul.com represents an entirely browser-based online destination where celebrity artists can unite with their fans. Aspiring artists, songwriters and producers have a chance to be discovered as the next superstar. It is responsible for discovering up and coming producer/songwriter Keri Malena out of Dallas Texas who is making a good name for himself producing quality music. As a result of this exposure, Mr. Malena, as he is called, is now appearing on major label releases such as, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx, among others. Each quarter, members vote for the best video performances.[11] The top performers are then flown to Los Angeles to compete in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The winner gets a demo deal with Darkchild Productions.[12]

Singles discography[edit]

See links for extensive discography.

Year Song Artist Chart position
R&B Hot 100 UK
1995 "The Way That You Love" (Remix) Vanessa Williams 23 67 52
1996 "The Things You Do" Gina Thompson 12 41
1997 "Yeah Yeah Yeah" Simone Hines 38
"Don't Wanna Be a Player" Joe 5 25 16
"I Can Love You" Mary J. Blige (featuring Lil' Kim) 2 28
"Don't Stop" No Authority 54
1998 "Let Me Return the Favor" Andrea Martin 32 82
"Daydreamin'" Tatyana Ali 5 6 6
"The Boy Is Mine" Brandy and Monica 1 1 2
"Top of the World" Brandy (featuring Mase) 2
"Revolution" Kirk Franklin (featuring Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins) 59
"Angel of Mine" Monica 2 1 55
"It's Not Right but It's Okay" Whitney Houston 7 4 3
"Angel in Disguise" Brandy 17 72
1999 "If You Had My Love" Jennifer Lopez 6 1 4
"Sunshine" Coko 19 70
"Say My Name" Destiny's Child 1 1 3
"U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)" (Darkchild Mix) Brandy (featuring Shaunta & Da Brat) 25 79
"Damn" So Plush (featuring Ja Rule) 41
2000 "He Wasn't Man Enough" Toni Braxton 1 2 5
"Let Love Lead the Way" Spice Girls 1
"Holler" 107 1
"If I Told You That" Whitney Houston & George Michael 9
"Time Limit" Hikaru Utada
2001 "I Sings" Mary Mary (featuring BB Jay) 68
"You Rock My World" Michael Jackson 13 10 2
"Satisfied" Rhona
"Everything" Canela
"I Remember" (Remix) Debelah Morgan
2002 "Overprotected" (Darkchild Remix) Britney Spears 86 4
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" 13
"What About Us?" Brandy 3 7 4
"All Eyez on Me" Monica 32 69
"Get with Me" 3rd Storee 85
"If Only You Knew" Prymary Colorz 78
"Turntable" TLC
"Over Me"
"Hey Hey Hey Hey"
"Who's It Gonna Be? (3D Japan bonus track)
2003 "I'm Good" Blaque 95
"All I Do" B5 71
2004 "You Don't Know" Kierra "Kiki" Sheard 84
"Lose My Breath" Destiny's Child 10 3 2
"One Wish" Ray J 3 11 13
2005 "Cater 2 U" Destiny's Child 3 14
"What I Need" Ray J 58
2006 "Enough Cryin'" Mary J. Blige 2 32 46
"Hold Me Down" Danity Kane
"Need a Boss" Shareefa 10 67
"Cry No More" 43
"Déjà Vu" Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) 1 4 1
"So Lonely" Mariah Carey (featuring Twista) 65
"The One You Need" Megan Rochell (featuring Fabolous) 41
"Can't Get Enough" Tamia 26
"Turn the Page" Bobby Valentino 63
2007 "Be with Me" J. Holiday 83
"Can't Leave 'Em Alone" Ciara (featuring 50 Cent) 10 40 109
"Shoulda Let You Go" Keyshia Cole 6 41
"Hey Hey Hey" Natasha
"So Sick"
"Feedback" Janet Jackson 39 19
2008 "What Them Girls Like" Ludacris (featuring Chris Brown & Sean Garrett) 17 33
"I'm Grown" Tiffany Evans (featuring Bow Wow) 98
"Luv" Janet Jackson 34 101
"When I Grow Up" Pussycat Dolls 9 3
"Angel" Natasha Bedingfield 63
"Right Here (Departed)" Brandy 22 34
"Long Distance" 42 101
"The Definition" 116
2009 "I Look So Good (Without You)" Jessie James 104
"Girls" Se7en (featuring Lil' Kim)
"Make Me" Janet Jackson 71 73
"Telephone" Lady Gaga (featuring Beyoncé) 3 1
"The One" Mary J. Blige (featuring Drake) 32 63
2010 "Shake My" Three 6 Mafia (featuring Kalenna) 75
"Perfect Nightmare" Shontelle
"I Hate That You Love Me" Dirty Money
"Target Practice" Austin Brown
2011 "Taking His Girl" Clyde McKnight
"What Are Words" Chris Medina 83
"Just Can't Get Enough" The Black Eyed Peas 3 3
"Stitch by Stitch" Javier Colon 17
"I Forgive You" Kelly Clarkson
"Turn the Lights Out" Priscilla Renea
2012 "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" Nelly Furtado 14
"Spirit Indestructible"
"Parking Lot"
"Got Me Good" Ciara
"Die in Your Arms" Justin Bieber 17 34
"As Long as You Love Me" 116 6 22
2013 "Waiting for the Night" Nelly Furtado
"Bucket List"
"The Art of Letting Go" Mariah Carey 46
"Perfect World" Tone Damli
"Lease My Love" The Saturdays
2014 "Xscape" Michael Jackson

Appearances and production discography[edit]

Notable productions[edit]

  • 1998: Brandy and Monica – "The Boy Is Mine"
  • 1998: Brandy – "Angel in Disguise"
  • 1998: Monica – "Angel of Mine"
  • 1998: Whitney Houston – "It's Not Right but It's Okay"
  • 1999: Destiny's Child – "Say My Name"
  • 2000: Toni Braxton – "He Wasn't Man Enough"
  • 2000: Spice Girls – "Holler"
  • 2001: Michael Jackson – "You Rock My World"
  • 2001: Britney Spears – "Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix)
  • 2002: Brandy – "What About Us?"
  • 2002: Monica – "All Eyez on Me"
  • 2003: TLC – "Turntable"
  • 2004: Destiny's Child – "Lose My Breath"
  • 2005: Destiny's Child – "Cater 2 U"
  • 2006: Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) – "Déjà Vu"
  • 2008: Brandy – "Right Here (Departed)"
  • 2008: The Pussycat Dolls – "When I Grow Up"
  • 2008: Beyoncé – "Scared of Lonely"
  • 2009: Lady Gaga – "Telephone"
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas – "Just Can't Get Enough"
  • 2012: Justin Bieber – "As Long as You Love Me"
  • 2012: Leona Lewis – "Shake You Up"

Guest raps[edit]

  • 1995: Hodge – "Head Nod" (Darkchild Remix)
  • 1996: New Edition with AZ – "Something About You" (Darkchild Remix)
  • 1997: Tasha Holiday – "Just the Way You Like It" (Darkchild Remix) with Lil' Cease, Peter Gunz and Mike Nitty
  • 1997: MQ3 – "Everyday"
  • 1997: Immature – "I Can't Wait" with Mike Nitty
  • 1997: Mary J. Blige – "Everything" (Darkchild Remix) with Fat Joe
  • 1997: K-Ball – "On the Weekend", "Love Matters"
  • 1998: Kirk Franklin & The Nu Nation Project – "Revolution"
  • 1998: Keith Washington – "Bring It On" (Darkchild Remix)
  • 1999: Brandy – "Top of the World" (Darkchild Remix) with Fat Joe and Big Pun
  • 2000: Natalie Wilson & The S.O.P. Chorale – "Act Like You Know" with LaShawn Daniels
  • 2001: So Plush – "What You Do to Me" with 50 Cent and Fats, "Ain't My Fault"
  • 2001: Rhona – "Satisfied" (Another Darkchild Remix) with Fats
  • 2002: Jay Mathis – "Kiss" with Pain and Fats
  • 2002: Mary Mary – "He Said" with Fats
  • 2002: K-Young – "Ballinest Player" with Lil' Zal
  • 2002: K-Young – "Ooh Wee"
  • 2002: Shawn Desman – "Sexy"
  • 2003: Natalie Wilson & The S.O.P. Chorale – "Good Life"
  • 2004: Kierra "Kiki" Sheard – "You Don't Know"
  • 2005: Joy Enriquez – "Don't You Let Go"
  • 2005: Anesha Birchett – "Get Ready" with Mase
  • 2005: Atiba – "Flossin" with Francisco
  • 2006: The Darkchild Allstars – "We Are Family"
  • 2008: The Pussycat Dolls With Diddy, Lil Wayne, & Fatman Scoop – "When I Grow Up" (Darkchild Remix)

Video cameos[edit]

Web series[edit]

Jerkins is currently starring with Johnny Wright in a number of episodes of the YOBI.tv Take the Stage web series.[13][14][15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robbie Daw. "Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Working On Unreleased Michael Jackson Material | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins — Vision". Darkchild.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Rodney Jerkins Nominated for a Grammy – re> NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/". New York: Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  4. ^ a b Felicia Lowenstein (31 October 1999). "Rodney Jerkins Passing the Freshness Test". BMI. Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Rodney Jerkins Music Videos". Ovguide.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Rodney Jerkins and Wife Joy Enriquez Welcome Daughter Hannah Joy". hollywoodlife.com. 
  7. ^ "Max-Schneider.Org // The Largest Max Schneider Fan Resource On The Web // Daily News // News Content & Much More". Max Schneider. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  8. ^ "NELLY FURTADO Announces New Album & Releases 'Big Hoops' Lyric Video". The Daily BLAM!. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Darkchild Gospel". Darkchild Gospel. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  10. ^ Billboard.biz[dead link]
  11. ^ Iwatani, Yukari (2008-11-14). "Wall Street Journal". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  12. ^ November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14). "Virtual World News". Virtualworldsnews.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  13. ^ Shaw, Lucas. "MySpace Meets 'American Idol' In New Singing Competition 'Take The Stage'". TheWrap.com. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Hampp, Andrew. "Johnny Wright, Rodney Jerkins Talk New MySpace Competition Series 'Take The Stage'". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Wieselman, Jarrett. "Building the Perfect Reality Competition". TheInsider.com. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Take The Stage Singing Contest Webseries". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Take The Stage". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

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