Pleasantville, New Jersey
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Rodney David Jerkins
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Rodney Jerkins (born July 29, 1977), better known by his stage name Darkchild, is an American record producer, songwriter and musician. He has collaborated with a broad range of popular artists, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Luther Vandross, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
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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 Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Britney Spears. He has won four Grammy Awards, and received numerous nominations.
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.
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R&B, hip hop
Musician, record producer, songwriter, rapper
Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Brandy, Monica, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Rhona, Joy Enriquez, Ray J, Kirk Franklin, Will Smith
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Contemporary R&B, pop