Jerkins in 2011
|Birth name||Rodney Roy Jerkins|
|Also known as||Darkchild|
|Born||July 29, 1977|
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Rodney Roy Jerkins(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, including Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child, Monica, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Britney Spears, Ludacris, Ciara, Lady Gaga, Baekhyun, and Justin Bieber.
Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she began her career as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups. In 1993, Norwood signed with Atlantic Records. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album, which was certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide. Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles. She resumed her music career in 1998 with the wildly successful duet with fellow R&B contemporary Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", which went on to become the best selling female duet of all time, and one of the longest running number one singles in history. Her second album, Never Say Never, sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two number one singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This launched her into international stardom, with films, endorsements, sold out concert tours, and her own line of Barbie dolls.
Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1989 when she signed to Uptown Records, becoming the youngest and first female artist on the label. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales. Blige has sold over 80 million records, has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and has also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound (2017) and another for its second original song "Mighty River" for Mudbound; she also received a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, becoming the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows.
Jerkins has won multiple Grammy Awards. Among his most successful productions are "Stay with Me" by Sam Smith, "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.
"Stay with Me" is a song by English singer Sam Smith from his debut studio album In the Lonely Hour (2014). It was released in the United States on 14 April 2014 and in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2014. "Stay with Me" is a gospel-inspired ballad that details the protagonist pleading with his one-night stand not to leave him. The song was written by Smith, James Napier, and William Phillips, with the late Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne later receiving co-writer credits due to the song's noted melodic similarity to Petty's single "I Won't Back Down".
Samuel Frederick Smith is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number one single in May 2013. In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won.
"The Boy Is Mine" is a 1998 duet by American singers Brandy and Monica written and composed by LaShawn Daniels, Japhe Tejeda, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and Brandy with coproduction by Darkchild and Dallas Austin. It was released as the lead single from both singers' second albums from 1998, Never Say Never by Brandy and The Boy Is Mine by Monica. Inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's 1982 duet "The Girl Is Mine", the lyrics of the mid-tempo R&B track revolve around two women fighting over a man.
Jerkins' father, Frederick, is an Evangelical pastor. Jerkins began playing piano at age five. He would follow his brother and father, who both played at church gatherings. 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.
Evangelicalism, evangelical Christianity, or evangelical Protestantism, is a worldwide, trans-denominational movement within Protestant Christianity which maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus's atonement. Evangelicals believe in the centrality of the conversion or "born again" experience in receiving salvation, in the authority of the Bible as God's revelation to humanity, and in spreading the Christian message. The movement has had a long presence in the Anglosphere before spreading further afield in the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries.
Edward Theodore Riley is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist credited with the creation of the new jack swing genre. He fused hip hop and R&B in his production work with artists including Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Samantha Mumba, Doug E. Fresh, Today, Heavy D & the Boyz, Hi-Five, Men of Vizion and Profyle, as well as his spearheaded groups Guy and Blackstreet. Riley's consistency and drum ideas had some influence on modern-day R&B, which since him contained more samples and rapping segments as well as singing, a practice which in part was reminiscent of the Jackson family. Along with Neo Soul style of singers such as Marvin Gaye, he has had a seminal influence on gospel and R&B music, which became more open to using rap and sound effects in their recordings.
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.
Christian hip hop is a subgenre of hip hop music characterized by a Christian worldview, with the general purposes of evangelization, edifying some members of the church and/or simply entertaining. Christian hip hop music emerged from urban communities in the United States in the 1980s, when it existed almost exclusively in small underground scenes, with minimal formal industry promotion and little mainstream attention. It emphasizes the use of positive and uplifting messages to promote faith and belief.
Fred Jerkins III, also known as Uncle Freddie, is an American songwriter and record producer who is best known for his work with his brother Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Jerkins has co-written several hit songs with Rodney Jerkins and LaShawn Daniels, among them "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica, "Say My Name" and "Lose My Breath" by Destiny's Child, "It's Not Right but It's Okay" by Whitney Houston, "Man Enough" by Toni Braxton, and multiple tracks from Michael Jackson's album Invincible. He has also produced a number of songs under the Darkchild imprint for artists such as Brandy, Shola Ama, Men Of Vizion, Keith Washington, & JoJo.
In the music industry, a music publisher is responsible for ensuring the songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used commercially. Through an agreement called a publishing contract, a songwriter or composer "assigns" the copyright of their composition to a publishing company. In return, the company licenses compositions, helps monitor where compositions are used, collects royalties and distributes them to the composers. They also secure commissions for music and promote existing compositions to recording artists, film and television.
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, Aaliyah, 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, Lionel Richie, Tiffany Evans, JYJ, Wonder Girls, Austin Brown, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Utada Hikaru, Hala Al Turk, Nelly Furtado, Justin Bieber, Brian McKnight and LMFAO.
Patti LaBelle is an American singer, actress, and entrepreneur. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group's name change to Labelle in the early 1970s, they released the iconic disco song "Lady Marmalade" and the group later became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Joseph Lewis Thomas, known mononymously as Joe, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Raised in Opelika, Alabama, he later relocated to New Jersey. In 1992 he signed a record deal with Polygram Records. He rose to prominence after releasing his debut album Everything the following year. He followed it with a series of successful albums under Jive Records, including All That I Am (1997), the international bestseller My Name Is Joe (2000) as well as the multi-certified albums Better Days (2001) and And Then... (2003). Several songs from these albums became hit singles on the pop and R&B record charts, including the number-one hit "Stutter", the top ten entries "All the Things ", "Don't Wanna Be a Player", and "I Wanna Know" as well as his collaborations "Faded Pictures", "Thank God I Found You" and "Still Not a Player".
The Saturdays are an English-Irish girl group based in London, England. The group formed during the summer of 2007 and have been on hiatus since 2014. The line up consists of Frankie Bridge, Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King and Vanessa White. They were formed through Fascination Records, a sub-division of Polydor Records, who gave them an instant record deal with the label. As soon as the contract was finalised, the Saturdays went on tour with Girls Aloud during their Tangled Up Tour. The group's music style is pop, however throughout their career their management have experimented with dance-pop and electropop. Throughout their career, songwriters and producers Ina Wroldsen, Steve Mac, Camille Purcell and Quiz & Larossi have been heavily involved to help create their music.
In the 2010s, he has 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 .
Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register. She rose to fame in the early 1990s after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the U.S. Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks. Soon after, Carey became the only artist ever to have their first five singles reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions".
Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter, actress, model and activist. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington in London, where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Music. Her winner's single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This", peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and it broke a world record for reaching 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes. In February 2007, Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis's record label, J Records.
JLS were an English pop/R&B group, which consisted of members Aston Merrygold, Oritsé Williams, Marvin Humes, and JB Gill, originally formed by Williams. They initially signed to Tracklacers production company New Track City and then went on to become runners-up of the fifth series of the ITV reality talent show The X Factor in 2008, coming second to Alexandra Burke. Following their appearance on The X Factor, JLS signed to Epic Records. Their first two singles "Beat Again" and "Everybody in Love" both went to number one on the UK Singles Chart.
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, 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.
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.which released the latest album from Virtue – Testimony.
In late 2008, Jerkins joined Nicholas Longano, Ray Brown, and Jonathan E. Eubanks in creating Music Mogul, Inc.MusicMogul.com is an online portal where artists can communicate with their fans. 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.
Jerkins has been married to singer Joy Enriquez since April 4, 2004, and they have four children.He has resided in Galloway Township, New Jersey.
In 2015, his five-year-old daughter Heavenly Joy was a contestant on season 10 of America's Got Talent .
|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||—|
|"Don't Stop"||No Authority||—||—||54|
|1998||"Our Love is Stronger"||Simbi Khali||-||-||30|
|"Let Me Return the Favor"||Andrea Martin||32||82||—|
|"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|
|"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|
|"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||—||—|
|"You Rock My World"||Michael Jackson||13||10||2|
|"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||—||—|
|"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||—||—|
|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||—||—||—|
|2008||"What Them Girls Like"||Ludacris (featuring Chris Brown & Sean Garrett)||17||33||—|
|"I'm Grown"||Tiffany Evans (featuring Bow Wow)||98||—||—|
|"So Over You"||Ashanti||—||9||3|
|"Right Here (Departed)"||Brandy||22||34||—|
|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||—|
|"I Hate That You Love Me"||Dirty Money||—||—||—|
|"Target Practice"||Austin Brown||—||—||—|
|2011||"The One You Call"||Keke Palmer||—||—||—|
|"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|
|"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||—||—||—|
|"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||—||—||—|
|“Xscape (Original Version)”||—||—||—|
Jerkins is currently starring with Johnny Wright in a number of episodes of the YOBI.tv Take the Stage web series.
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1999, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1998. Lauryn Hill was the main recipient, winning a total of 5 awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Her album was the first hip hop act ever to win the coveted award. The ceremony was known as the "Grammy Year of Women", because every artist nominated for Album of the Year was female. Madonna won four awards and opened the show with her performance of "Nothing Really Matters" while musicians the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain won two apiece. Celine Dion also received two awards both for "My Heart Will Go On", which received a total of four awards. It is widely remembered for Ricky Martin's performance of "La Copa De La Vida"/ "The Cup of Life".
Full Moon is the third studio album by American R&B recording artist Brandy. It was released by Atlantic Records on March 5, 2002. The album was recorded primarily during the summer and fall of 2001 at The Hit Factory in Miami, amid a three-year musical hiatus following the success of her multi-platinum previous studio album Never Say Never (1998) and the finale of her highly successful television sitcom Moesha in May 2001. As with Never Say Never, Brandy collaborated with producer Rodney Jerkins and his Darkchild production and songwriting team on the majority of the album's composition, while additional work from Mike City, Warryn Campbell, and Keith Crouch was contributed.
Richard Christopher Harrison is an American record producer and songwriter from Washington, D.C., specializing in R&B and hip hop music.
Bryan-Michael Paul Cox, is an American record producer and songwriter who is notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Toni Braxton. Among his most notable productions are "Be Without You" for Mary J. Blige, "Burn", "Confessions Part II" and "U Got It Bad" for Usher, and "Shake It Off", "I Stay In Love" and "You Don't Know What To Do" for Mariah Carey.
"Lose My Breath" is a song by American group Destiny's Child. It was written by Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Sean Garrett and Jay-Z for the group's fourth studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004). Columbia Records released "Lose My Breath" as the first single from the album in late 2004. The song was partially developed by Jerkins before being presented to Destiny's Child and its chorus was afterwards written by Jay-Z.
Chris Robinson is an American film director, commercial director, and music video director. He has directed films such as Netflix original "Beats". He has directed commercials for brands such as iPod, Coca-Cola and Verizon and music videos for songs like "Fallin'" and "You Don't Know My Name" by Alicia Keys, "Roc Boys" by Jay-Z, the Grammy nominated video for "One Mic" by Nas, and "Bonnie & Clyde '03" by Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé Knowles.
All Eyez on Me is the third studio album by American recording artist Monica. Named after its same-titled lead single, it marked the singer's first record under Clive Davis' J Records roster and was first released on October 21, 2002 in Japan. The tracks on the album are a mixture of uptempos and ballads, which are basically inspired by contemporary R&B and soul genres; it also features elements of hip hop, dance-pop and gospel music, crafted by musicians suchs as Dallas Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and Soulshock & Karlin.
"Top of the World" is a song by American singer Brandy Norwood, from her second studio album, Never Say Never (1998). The song was written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Isaac Phillips, Nycolia Turman, and Mase, with Darkchild and Brandy producing and Mase having featured vocals. Released as the album's second international single in 1998, the track peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top 20 in Ireland and New Zealand.
The Underdogs are an American R&B/pop production duo composed of Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas.
VH1 debuted the first annual VH1 Divas concert in 1998. VH1 Divas Live was created to support the channel's Save The Music Foundation and subsequent concerts in the series have also benefited that foundation. The VH1 Divas concerts aired annually from 1998 to 2004. After a five-year hiatus, the series returned in 2009 with a younger-skewed revamp. In 2010 the concert saluted the troops and in 2011 it celebrated soul music, doubling the previous year's ratings. After a dance music-focused 2012 edition aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on December 16, 2012, the show took another hiatus before being revived on December 5, 2016, at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York with a holiday theme and achieved its highest ratings in over a decade.
"Enough Cryin" a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige from her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough (2005). The song features Blige's alter ego, Brook Lynn, whom Mary created to give her lyrical freedom without the fear of damaging her own persona. The song was written by Blige alongside Jay-Z, Sean Garrett and Rodney Jerkins, with the latter two also handing the production.
Kendrick Jevon Dean is an American record producer, songwriter and entrepreneur. He has produced or written for 7 GRAMMY Nominated albums to date. Some of his hits include Chris Brown's "Say Goodbye", Mariah Carey's "I Stay In Love" and Trey Songz "Last Time". Kendrick began his music career in 2004 when he was first credited as a producer on mega group Destiny's Child final album Destiny Fulfilled. A former high school history teacher, and University of Florida graduate; Dean used his classical, jazz and gospel music background to make a seemingly seamless transition into the music business. Dean is often incorrectly credited for compositions from Swizz Beatz, both of which being credited as "K. Dean". He is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.
"The One" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige featuring Canadian rapper Drake. Written by Blige and Drake along with Ester Dean and producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, it was included in her ninth studio album, Stronger with Each Tear (2009). Released as the album's lead single, the song marked Blige's 5th entry on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, on which it reached number 32. Blige's sum extended her lead for most charted titles among women in the 1990s and 2000s.
Robert Anthony Smith, professionally known as Big Bert or Robert Anthony, is an American record producer, composer, songwriter and musician, who made his break in the industry when Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins consulted him to join his Darkchild collective in the late 1990s. He went on to co-producing alongside Jerkins on tracks for bands like B2K and the Spice Girls, prior to contributions own productions to projects by Jennifer Lopez, Dave Hollister, Toni Braxton, Kelly Rowland and Kiley Dean in the early to mid-2000s.
The 1996 Soul Train Music Awards was held on March 29, 1996, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The show honored the best in R&B, soul, rap, jazz, and gospel music from the previous year. The show was hosted by Brandy, LL Cool J and Anita Baker.
Harmony David Samuels, also known as H-Money or "H", is an English record producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has produced a multitude of hits for artists such as Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Chip, Ciara, Fantasia, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and more.
"Therapy" is a song recorded by American singer Mary J. Blige from her twelfth studio album, The London Sessions (2014). It was written by Blige, British singer Sam Smith and Eg White. Production was handled by White, Stephen Fitzmaurice, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and Jimmy Napes. "Therapy" is an uptempo pop song with strong influences from doo-wop and rhythm and blues. The song was released as album's lead single on September 23, 2014.
"Doubt" is a song recorded by American singer Mary J. Blige from her twelfth studio album The London Sessions (2014). It was written by Blige and English musician Sam Romans, while production was helmed by Romans and American record producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. "Doubt" is a R&B ballad, with gospel influences. The song was released as the album's fourth and final single on March 9, 2015.