Producer Rodney Jerkins Plans Career-Highlighting Covers Collection With Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Jessie J

Producer Rodney Jerkins Plans Career-Highlighting Covers Collection With Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Jessie J
Since popping up in the mid '90s, producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jenkins has worked alongside Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Whitney Houston and countless others. According to the studio figure, he's going to celebrate 20 years in the game next year via a new compilation that has artists like Sam Smith and Ariana Grande reinterpreting some of Jenkins' greatest hits.

An interview with Hits Daily Double [via FACT] had Darkchild noting that he's in the midst of planning a "very special project" that'll feature "some originals as well as reimagined hits."

While specifics on the new material have yet to be revealed, Jerkins noted that Brandy and Monica's 1998 duet "The Boy Is Mine" will be redone by pop singer Ariana Grande and UK vocalist Jessie J.

Smith, with whom Jerkins worked on the Mary J. Blige-assisted remix of "Stay With Me," has signed on to deliver a new version of Whitney Houston's 1998 single "It's Not Right But It's Okay."

According to Jerkins: "Sam told me was the song that made him want to sing. When I asked him if he'd be a part of this project he was like, 'No one else can do that song but me!' Sam's the truth. He has a great heart and he's genuine. His music speaks for who he is. This is a project I'm really looking forward to."

An ETA has yet to be given for the as-yet-untitled project, though it will arrive through Jerkins' new Capitol Records-backed Evolve Music Group.

Ahead of the upcoming compilation will be Blige's much-hyped The London Sessions LP, which features appearances from Disclosure and Smith, and was executive produced by Jerkins. The album lands December 2 through Capitol.