All month long I’ve been spotlighting a different artist every day for BLACK MUSIC MONTH. Today I honor a young man who is not necessarily new to the business, but new to his own recordings and his own stardom. His name is Fred Jerkins. When you read his story, you’ll see that he’s written and produced for a lot of great artists, and is now making a great name for himself as a well known artist in his own right.
THIS IS THE STORY OF “FRED JERKINS, III”
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.
Jerkins has written or produced for Brandy, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, Mary Mary, Destiny’s Child, Spice Girls, Mel B, Shola Ama, TLC, Will Smith, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Men of Vizion, Keith Washington, Lionel Richie, Kirk Franklin, Kierra Sheard, Virtue, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Deitrick Haddon.