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Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (born July 29, 1977) is an American songwriter, record producer and musician. Mostly known for his work with Brandy, he has collaborated with a range of popular artists, including Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Britney Spears. He has won four Grammy Awards, and received numerous nominations. Biography: 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. 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. 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. On October 19, 2012 Rodney and Joy welcomed their third child, Hannah Joy Jerkins. Production: 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, PLΛTINUM and LMFAO. He's currently producing songs for Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber, JLS, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Ayumi Hamasaki, The Saturdays forthcoming albums and AGNEZ MO 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." 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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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)" (Darkchild Mix) 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" -- 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" -- -- 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" TLC -- -- -- "Hey Hey Hey Hey" TLC -- -- -- "Who's It Gonna Be? ("3D" Japan Bonus Track) 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" 43 -- -- "Déjà Vu" Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) 1 4 1 "So Lonely" Mariah Carey (feat. Twista) 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" -- -- -- "Feedback" Janet Jackson 39 19 -- 2008 "What Them Girls Like" Ludacris (feat. Chris Brown & Sean Garrett) 17 33 -- "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" 42 101 -- "The Definition" 116 -- -- 2009 "I Look So Good (Without You)" Jessie James -- 104 -- "Girls" Se7en (feat. Lil' Kim) -- -- -- "Make Me" Janet Jackson 71 -- 73 "Telephone" Lady Gaga (feat. Beyonce) -- 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 -- 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 -- -- -- "Perfect World" Tone Damli -- -- -- "Lease My Love" The Saturdays -- -- -- 2014 "XSCAPE" Michael Jackson -- -- -- Appearances And Production Discography: Notable Productions: 1998: Brandy & 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: Beyonce (featuring Jay-Z) - "Deja Vu", 2008: Brandy - "Right Here (Departed)", 2008: The Pussycat Dolls - "When I Grow Up", 2008: Beyonce - "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: 1995: Hodge - "Head Nod" (Darkchild Remix), 1996: New Edition w/ 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)" w/ 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: 1996: Gina Thompson (featuring Missy Elliott) - "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)", Webseries: Jerkins is currently starring with Johnny Wright in a number of episodes of the YOBI.tv Take The Stage webseries.

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