NEW Allhiphop.com Interview: Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins –“R&B is on its Way Back!”

Read 'Rodney Jerkins: R&B is Back!'

The true definition of a super producer, Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins is the man behind some of the biggest R&B songs of the last decade. Having produced hit singles for the likes of Michael and Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Brandy and The Pussycat Dolls to name just a few, the industry veteran can boast more production credits and a far more impressive resume than his mere 32 years would suggest. With his latest effort, pop sensation Lady Gaga’s new Beyoncé-assisted single ‘Telephone,’ already climbing up the charts ahead of its official release, he seems to be starting this decade with just as much promise as he did the last.

Having spoken with Darkchild as he was putting the finishing touches on ‘Telephone’ for Gaga, who he praises for her “character” and writing abilities, his incredible knowledge of the music industry and love of creative experimentalism became immediately clear. It really is no wonder why this year seems destined to mark yet another chapter in his already impressive success story. “R&B is on its way back,” proclaims Jerkins passionately, his excitement clearly fueled by the plethora of the pioneering projects that he is currently working on. The genre is certainly taking a new direction and Darkchild’s musically diverse productions will undoubtedly play a major role in its development….

To read the full interview, go to: http://allhiphop.com/stories/alternatives/archive/2010/03/07/22140669.aspx

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Darkchild presents Verse Simmonds

If you are an R&B fan and you haven’t heard about Verse Simmonds then you should probably stop what are your doing and read this immediately.

Having grown up in the Virgin Islands, Verse describes his signature blend of Caribbean flavour with traditional R&B as ‘Island B.’ Already making waves in the industry with his mixtape single ‘Buy You A Round,’ Simmonds appears to have a promising career ahead.

Currently signed to Darkchild Records, his latest track ‘America’ featuring Pitbull and produced by Rodney Jerkins, which will be the lead single from his forthcoming debut album, will be released in the near future. The Grammy-winning super producer has praised Verse for his songwriting abilities and unique sound.

His debut album Stories of a Bachelor is scheduled for release this summer on Darkchild/Interscope. For more information, you can go to www.versesimmonds.com or follow him on Twitter (@VerseSimmonds).

You can also look out for my Darkchild interview coming soon to Allhiphop.com, in which he discusses Verse, his forthcoming projects and his thoughts on the R&B/Hip-Hop industries.

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