17 Facts About Rodney Jerkins


Rodney Jerkins has collaborated with a broad range of popular artists.

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Rodney Jerkins would follow his brother and father, who both played at church gatherings.

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At age 14, Rodney 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.

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Rodney Jerkins was offered a chance to work at Bad Boy Records, but declined.

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Rodney Jerkins' first recorded output was a "gospel rap" collaboration with his brother, Fred Rodney Jerkins III, entitled On the Move.

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Rodney Jerkins later incorporated the name "Darkchild", at the age of 17, subsequently accepting a worldwide publishing deal with the EMI Music Corporation.

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Rodney 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.

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Rodney Jerkins was a music executive and mentor on season 10 of American Idol.

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In 2013, Rodney Jerkins was hired on to be a producer for Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape.

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Rodney Jerkins originally worked on the title track for the album from 1999 to 2001.

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Rodney Jerkins is the only producer to work on the original version and reworking version of the title track.

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

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Fats appeared on two tracks Rodney Jerkins produced for Michael Jackson's album Invincible, and So Plush released the single "Things I've Heard Before".

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Rodney 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.

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In late 2008, Jerkins joined Nicholas Longano, Ray Brown, and Jonathan E Eubanks in creating Music Mogul, Inc MusicMogul.

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Rodney Jerkins attended Absegami High School, and identifies as a Christian.

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Rodney Jerkins is currently starring with Johnny Wright in a number of episodes of the YOBI.

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