Rodney Jerkins


Rodney Jerkins
Rodney Jerkins
Birth name Rodney Jerkins
Also known as RJ, Darkchild, Rodney Jerkins, DC
Born July 29, 1977 (1977-07-29) (age 34)
Origin Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupations Musician, record producer, songwriter, rapper
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Rhona, Joy Enriquez, Ray J, Kirk Franklin
Website darkchild.com, musicmogul.com

Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (born July 29, 1977) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician. Jerkins received two Grammy nominations in 2011.

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Biography

Jerkins has been married to singer Joy Enriquez since April 4, 2004. Their first child, Rodney David Jr., was born May 28, 2008. Their second child, a daughter, Heavenly Joy Jerkins, was born November 17, 2009.

Production

Jerkins has produced for Toni Braxton, Lindsay Lohan, Keyshia Cole, Brandy, Michael Jackson, 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, LMFAO, and The Pussycat Dolls. Jerkins was a music producer and mentor on season 10 of American Idol.

Record labels

In 1999, he 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 A&R for The Island Def Jam Group. Upcoming female R&B artist, Natasha, will have her music distributed through a collaboration between the label and Jive Records. 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 also been lent to a record company run by Jerkins brother Fred Jerkins III, Darkchild Gospel.[1] which released the latest album from Virtue - Testimony.

Music Mogul, Inc.

In late 2008, Jerkins joined Nicholas Longano, Ray Brown, and Jonathan E. Eubanks in creating Music Mogul, Inc.[2] MusicMogul.com represents an entirely browser-based online destination where celebrity artists can unite with their fans and aspiring artists have a chance for discovery to become the next superstars. Every quarter, members vote for the best video performances.[3] 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.[4]

Appearances

Singles discography

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 (feat. 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 (feat. Mase) - - 2
"Revolution" Kirk Franklin (feat. 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)" Brandy (feat. Shaunta & Da Brat) 25 79 -
"Damn" So Plush (feat. Ja Rule) 41 - -
2000 "He Wasn't Man Enough" Toni Braxton 1 2 5
"Let Love Lead The Way" Spice Girls - - 1
"Holler" Spice Girls - 107 1
"If I Told You That" Whitney Houston & George Michael - - 9
"Time Limit" Hikaru Utada - - -
2001 "I Sings" Mary Mary (feat. 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" Britney Spears - - 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 - - -
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" Shareefa 43 -
"Déjà Vu" Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) 1 4 1
"So Lonely" Twista (feat. Mariah Carey) 65 - -
"The One You Need" Megan Rochell (feat. 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 (feat. 50 Cent) 10 40 109
"Shoulda Let You Go" Keyshia Cole 6 41 -
"Hey Hey Hey" Natasha - - -
"So Sick" Natasha - - -
2008 "What Them Girls Like" Ludacris (feat. Chris Brown & Sean Garrett) 17 33 -
"Feedback" Janet Jackson 39 19 -
"I'm Grown" Tiffany Evans (feat. 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" Brandy 42 101 -
"The Definition" Brandy 116 - -
2009 "I Look So Good (Without You)" Jessie James - 104 -
"Girls" Se7en (feat. Lil' Kim) - - -
"Telephone" Lady Gaga (feat. Beyoncé) - 3 1
"The One" Mary J. Blige (feat. Drake) 32 63 -
2010 "Shake My" Three 6 Mafia (feat. 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 1 3 3
"Stitch by Stitch" Javier Colon 17
"I Forgive You" Kelly Clarkson
"Turn The Lights Out" Rihanna Feat. Katy Perry

Guest raps

  • 1995: Hodge - "Head Nod" (Darkchild Remix)
  • 1996: AZ - "Something About You" (Darkchild Remix)
  • 1997: Tasha Holiday - "Just The Way You Like It (Darkchild Remix)" w/ 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)"
  • 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

  • 1996: Gina Thompson - "The Things That U Do (Bad Boy Remix)"
  • 1997: No Authority - "Don't Stop"
  • 1998: Kirk Franklin & The Nu Nation Project - "Revolution"
  • 2001: So Plush - "Things I've Heard Before"
  • 2001: Rhona - "Satisfied"
  • 2002: Brandy - "What About Us?"
  • 2002: Monica - "All Eyez on Me"
  • 2006: Natasha - "Hey, Hey, Hey" and "So Sick"
  • 2006: Shareefa - "Cry No More"
  • 2006: J. Holiday - "Be with Me"
  • 2008: Brandy - "Right Here (Departed)"

References

  1. ^ "Darkchild Gospel". Darkchild Gospel. http://www.darkchildgospel.com/. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  2. ^ Billboard.biz[dead link]
  3. ^ Iwatani, Yukari (2008-11-14). "Wall Street Journal". Online.wsj.com. http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB122663498086327655-lMyQjAxMDI4MjE2NDYxMzQ0Wj.html. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  4. ^ November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14). "Virtual World News". Virtualworldsnews.com. http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2008/11/cilemon-and-music-mogul-connecting-music-industry-to-virtual-worlds.html. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 

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