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Birth name: Rodney Jerkins.
Also known as: RJ, Darkchild, Rodney Jerkins, DC.
Born: September 14, 1977 in Pleasantville, New Jersey, USA.
-Joy Enriquez (4 April 2004 - present).
Jerkins was born into a religious family as the youngest son of a minister and choir director mother. He began taking classical music lessons on the piano as a small child and as a teenager he had already decided to become a record producer. At 15, he and his brother Fred Jerkins III wrote and produced their own gospel rap album - "On the Move". He began making more demos, one of which caught the attention of idol Teddy Riley, who gave him advice on the music industry. Finally, his first professional writing and producing job came in 1994 when he contributed two tracks to the debut album of R&B artist Casserine. Riley also subsequently let Jerkins share writing and production duties on tracks by Pure Soul, Men Of Vizion & Wreckx-N-Effect in 1995 & 1996.
In his current personal life, a formerly overweight Jerkins has stated that a change in lifestyle is responsible for a new slender physique - previously it had been rumoured this was achieved via GBP. He has also been married to pop/gospel/R&B singer Joy Enriquez since April 4, 2004. Additionally, in 2006 Jerkins was appointed VP of A&R for The Island Def Jam Group.