Rodney Jerkins

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Rodney Jerkins
Jerkins at the ARIA Music Awards of 2013
Background information
Birth nameRodney Roy Jerkins
Also known asDarkchild
Born (1977-07-29) July 29, 1977 (age 45)
Pleasantville, New Jersey, U.S.,[1] U.S.
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record executive
Years active1993–present

Rodney Roy Jerkins[2] (born July 29, 1977), also known by his stage name Darkchild, is an American record producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has collaborated with a broad range of popular artists.

Jerkins has won multiple Grammy Awards. Among his most successful productions are "The Boy Is Mine" and "What About Us?" by Brandy, "I Can Love You" and "Enough Cryin" by Mary J. Blige, "Daydreamin'" by Tatyana Ali, "Angel of Mine" by Monica, "It's Not Right but It's Okay" by Whitney Houston, "Say My Name" and "Cater 2 U" by Destiny's Child, "If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez, "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton, "You Rock My World" by Michael Jackson, "One Wish" by Ray J, "Déjà Vu" by Beyoncé, "Telephone" by Lady Gaga, and "As Long as You Love Me" by Justin Bieber.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Jerkins' father, Frederick, is an Evangelical pastor and his mother was an housekeeper. Jerkins began playing piano at age five. He would follow his brother and father, who both played at church gatherings.

Raised in Galloway Township, New Jersey, Jerkins is one of four children: two boys and two girls. His brother is fellow producer Fred Jerkins III.[6] Jerkins attended Absegami High School, and identifies as a Christian.[7]

At age 13, he was offered a chance to work at a studio in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but declined.[8] At age 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.[9] He was also offered a chance to work at Bad Boy Records, but declined.[8] At 16, he was approached by James Jones, formerly of Uptown Records, and moved in with him to Hackensack, New Jersey to work with him. One of their first sessions was with Patti LaBelle.[8]


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.[9] Jerkins' stated his first big projects were Blige's Share My World, Whitney Houston's It's Not Right but It's Okay, and Brandy and Monica's The Boy Is Mine.[8]


Jerkins has produced and written for Brandy, Patti LaBelle, Joe, The Saturdays, Toni Braxton, Vanessa Williams, Will Smith, Keyshia Cole, Monica, Michael Jackson, Ayumi Hamasaki, Cher, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Aaliyah, Amerie, Britney Spears, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kierra Sheard, 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, B5, Lionel Richie, Tiffany Evans, JYJ, Wonder Girls, Austin Brown, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Hikaru Utada, Keke Palmer, Hala Al Turk, Nelly Furtado, Justin Bieber, Brian McKnight and LMFAO.[10][11]

In the 2010s, he produced songs for Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, JLS, Kylie Minogue, Ayumi Hamasaki, The Saturdays. Jerkins was a music executive and mentor on season 10 of American Idol.

In 2013, Jerkins was hired on to be a producer for Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape. He originally worked on the title track for the album from 1999 to 2001. He is the only producer to work on the original version and reworking version of the title track.

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."[12]

In preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Jerkins produced a song featuring the Palestinian 2013 Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.

In 2017, he produced Blind and Makings of You for Tamar Braxton.

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 album Invincible, 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.[13] 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.[14] is an online portal where artists can communicate with their fans. Each quarter, members vote for the best video performances.[15] 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.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Jerkins has been married to singer Joy Enriquez since April 4, 2004. The two met when he worked on her debut album.

The couple has four children.[10] [17] Rodney David Jerkins Jr(28 May 2008); Heavenly Joy Jerkins(17 November 17 2009);[18] Hannah Joy Jerkins(19 October 2012);[19] and Royal David Jerkins, in early 2015.

In 2015, his five-year-old daughter Heavenly Joy was a contestant on season 10 of America's Got Talent.[20]

Singles discography[edit]

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 That 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
"Share My World" Mary J. Blige
"Searching" Mary J. Blige (featuring Roy Ayers)
"Don't Stop" No Authority 54
1998 "Our Love is Stronger" Simbi Khali - - 30
"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
"It's Not That Serious"
"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
"Shining Star" Backstreet Boys
"If I Told You That" Whitney Houston & George Michael 9
"Time Limit" Hikaru Utada
2001 "I Sings" Mary Mary (featuring BB Jay) 68
"I Ain't The One" Tyrese 68
"You Rock My World" Michael Jackson 13 10 2
"That's the Way" Jennifer Lopez
"Dame (Touch Me)" (duet with Chayanne)
"Satisfied" Rhona
"Everything" Canela
"I Remember" (Remix) Debelah Morgan
"Celebrity" *NSYNC
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
"A Different Kind of Love Song" (Remix) Cher
"Get with Me" 3rd Storee 85
"If You Only Knew" Prymary Colorz 78
"Turntable" TLC
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
We’ve Had Enough Michael Jackson
2005 "Cater 2 U" Destiny's Child 3 14
"What I Need" Ray J 58
"Step Into My World" Jennifer Lopez
"I Got U"
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
"Heartbreak" Megan Rochell
"Can't Get Enough" Tamia 26
"Turn the Page" Bobby Valentino 63
"Make It Last Forever" Ciara
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
"So Over You" Ashanti 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
"Pucker Up" Ciara
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 "The One You Call" Keke Palmer
"Ain't Nobody" Mary J. Blige
"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
"My Heart Is Open" Maroon 5 (featuring Gwen Stefani)
"Roller Coaster" Justin Bieber
"Lease My Love" The Saturdays
"Read My Lips" Ciara
2014 "Xscape" Michael Jackson
Xscape (Original Version)
“Coulda Been Me” Candice Glover
Therapy Mary J. Blige
Doubt 37
“When You're Gone”
2017 "Blind" Tamar Braxton
2018 "Dose" Ciara
"Hard Place" H.E.R.
"Just Say When" Capital Cities
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Jessie J
Jingle Bell Rock
This Christmas Day
"At Least I Know" T.I. (featuring Anderson .Paak)
"SWIZZMONTANA" Swizz Beatz & French Montana
"3Way" Teyana Taylor
"Look Back at It" A Boogie wit da Hoodie 25 41
"Don't Sleep" Chromeo (featuring French Montana and Stefflon Don)
2019 "Right Back" Khalid (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie) 29 73 71
"Playing Games" Summer Walker 9 16 24
2022 "Shirt" SZA 4 11 17

Appearances and production discography[edit]

Notable productions[edit]

  • 1995: Intro - "Strung Out On Your Lovin'"
  • 1996: Aaliyah - "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
  • 1997: No Authority - “Don’t Stop”
  • 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"
  • 1999: Jennifer Lopez – "If You Had My Love"
  • 2000: Toni Braxton – "He Wasn't Man Enough"
  • 2000: Spice Girls – "Holler"
  • 2001: Michael Jackson – "You Rock My World"
  • 2001: Michael Jackson - “Unbreakable”
  • 2001: Britney Spears – "Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix)
  • 2001: Jessica Simpson – "I Never"
  • 2001: Jessica Simpson – "Imagination"
  • 2002: Brandy – "What About Us?"
  • 2002: Monica – "All Eyez on Me"
  • 2002: TLC – "Turntable"
  • 2004: Destiny's Child – "Lose My Breath"
  • 2005: Destiny's Child – "Cater 2 U"
  • 2006: Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) – "Déjà Vu"
  • 2006: Ciara (featuring 50 Cent) – "Can't Leave 'em Alone"
  • 2008: Tiffany Evans (featuring Bow Wow) - "I'm Grown"
  • 2008: Janet Jackson – "Feedback"
  • 2008: Brandy – "Right Here (Departed)"
  • 2008: The Pussycat Dolls – "When I Grow Up"
  • 2008: Beyoncé – "Scared of Lonely"
  • 2009: Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé – "Telephone"
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas – "Just Can't Get Enough"
  • 2011: Kelly Rowland (featuring Lil' Playy)- "Work It Man"
  • 2012: Justin Bieber – "As Long as You Love Me"
  • 2012: Leona Lewis – "Shake You Up"
  • 2014: Mariah Carey – "You're Mine (Eternal)"
  • 2014: Mary J. Blige – "A Night To Remember"
  • 2014: Sam Smith – "Stay with Me"
  • 2014: Michael Jackson - “Xscape”
  • 2017: Tamar Braxton – "Blind"
  • 2018: Chromeo (featuring French Montana and Stefflon Don) - "Don't Sleep"
  • 2017: Tamar Braxton – "The Makings Of You"
  • 2019: Baekhyun - "Diamond"
  • 2022: SZA - "Shirt"

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"
  • 2007: Linda Király - "Can't Let Go"
  • 2008: The Pussycat Dolls With Diddy, Lil Wayne, & Fatman Scoop – "When I Grow Up" (Darkchild Remix)
  • 2008: Lady Gaga - "Reloaded" (unreleased song)

Unreleased tracks[edit]

Video cameos[edit]

Web series[edit]

Jerkins is currently starring with Johnny Wright in a number of episodes of the Take the Stage web series.[21][22][23][24][25]


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  2. ^ "You Rock My World - ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
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  18. ^ "Joy Enriquez's marriage and family". Retrieved 2010-10-05
  19. ^ "Rodney Jerkins and Joy Enriquez Welcome Daughter Hannah Joy". Archived from the original on October 21, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  20. ^ "Rodney Jerkins' 5-Year-Old Daughter Heavenly Joy Auditions for 'America's Got Talent': Watch". Billboard.
  21. ^ Shaw, Lucas (June 5, 2012). "MySpace Meets 'American Idol' In New Singing Competition 'Take The Stage'". Retrieved August 28, 2012.
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  25. ^ "Take The Stage". Retrieved August 28, 2012.

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