Artist Of The Week on KWEST Radio is Fred Jerkins III of DARKCHILD GOSPEL


Fred Jerkins III, an accomplished songwriter and producer, has worked with an exceptional collection of A list artists that include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Vashawn Mitchell, just to name a few. His songs have received 21 Grammy nominations, 5 Grammy wins and several Dove Award nominations and wins. His works have also received a considerable amount of gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards totalling over 200 million in sales worldwide.

As a member of a musical family, the influence of music was apparent in Fred Jerkins’ life from an early age. The South Jersey native began playing the drums in his father’s church and later transitioned to playing the keyboard. Fred with his brother Rodney birthed a music empire called DarkChild Entertainment. After just 2 years in the music business, Fred signed a 7 figure worldwide publishing deal. Also known as “Uncle Freddie”, Fred went on to write for albums with over 20 chart topping positions, and several #1 Billboard singles including hits such as “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy and Monica, and “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child, “He Wasn’t Man Enough” by Toni Braxton, “It’s Not Right (But It’s Okay)” by Whitney Houston and “If You Had My Love” by Jennifer Lopez which reached #1 in 15 countries.

“The Boy is Mine” by Brandy and Monica was number one on Billboards highest ranked chart (The Hot 100) for 13 consecutive weeks, which is third longest running number one song of all time on that chart.

Some of Jerkins gospel notable works are “Power” by Deitrick Haddon, “Brighter Day” by George Huff, “Need to Know” by Dawkins and Dawkins, “Why Me” by Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, “Follow Me” by Virtue, and the “Lovely Day” remix by Kirk Franklin. He is also one of the forces behind the hit songs “You” and “Come And Knock On Our Door” by Jermaine Dolly who is signed to Fred’s label DarkChild Gospel in partnership with By Any Means Necessary. Jermaine’s Album “The Dolly Express” was released on May 19, 2017 and landed on top of Billboards gospel charts.

Known for his investments in real estate, restaurants, pre schools etc., Fred’s ventures also include ownership of publishing companies that house some of the industry’s hottest writers and producers, as well as some talented up and comers. He is currently working on a series of compilation albums with some of today’s top artists that will benefit cancer awareness. Fred also is in developmental stages of multiple TV shows.

Tune into KWEST Radio August 05, 2022 for Karlos Cobham’s thoughtful FRIDAYS, as we learn, share and grow together on Artist Of Week Super Producer, Songwriter and Grammy Award winning Fred Jerkins III of DARKCHILD GOSPEL.


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