How Can I Not Love You
“Sometimes we fall down, sometimes we’re all sad. I want to make music that lifts you up. I want to be an inspiration!” Joy Enriquez
A winner of “Star Search,” American singer and actress Joy Enriquez rose to fame with the success of the song “How Can I Not Love You” for the “Anna and the King” (1999) motion picture soundtrack, which nabbed two Golden Globe nominations. She furthered cemented her reputation as a promising talent with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2001 on Arista Records, which became a hit with critics and listeners. Some songs released from the album, which featured production work by Babyface and her soon-to-be-husband Rodney Jerkin, were “Tell Me How You Feel” and “Shake up the Party.” Her sophomore effort, “Atmosphere of Heaven,” followed in 2006, which marked a direction toward a more contemporary Christian sound. As an actress, Enriquez appeared on the long running TV series “7th Heaven” (2001-2002) and the film “Chasing Papi” (2003). At the height of her success as a singer, she also landed a coveted gig as a spokesmodel for L'Oreal.
Enriquez has been married to producer/songwriter Rodney Jerkins since 2004.
Childhood and Family:
Joy Charity Enriquez was born in Whittier, California, on June 6, 1979. She was educated at the elite Orange County Performing Arts High School in California, where she considered music her true passion.
On April 4, 2004, Joy tied the knot with her producer, Rodney Jerkins. Their son, Rodney David Jenkins Jr., was born in May 2008.
Tell Me How You Feel
Joy Enriquez has been singing since she was a child. At age 5, she charmed audiences with her solo performance at her kindergarten graduation. As a teenager, the gifted Latina singer made a name for herself as a promising star when she competed in the popular “Star Search” and won 11 straight weeks in the category of female vocalist. She recalled, “In high school, I would perform regularly at the Mondrian Hotel in Beverly Hills. It sure beat my other job at Old Navy. But I guess it was my performances on 'Star Search' that showed me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, to be on stage doing what I loved most, singing.”
A lifelong fan of Babyface, Enriquez was given the chance to audition for a spot in a girl group the Grammy award winner was putting together. She made a demo (half English and half Spanish) that was written by her sister, for his LaFace label and the demo caught their attention. Within two hours, she had become one of the solo artists of Babyface and LA Reid at LaFace/Arista Records.
Enriquez's received another major break in 1997 when she was hired to sing backup for the single “When You Believe,” a duet from Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton for the “Prince of Egypt” (1997) movie soundtrack. She gained even more notice in 1999 when she recorded the ballad “How Can I Not Love You” for the soundtrack of “Anna and the King” (1999), which starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat. The soundtrack received two Golden Globe nominations.
In 2001, Enriquez collaborated with Latin superstar Carlos Ponce on the Disney “Lady and the Tramp II” soundtrack singing “Bella Notte.” Her debut album, “Joy Enriquez,” was released in September 2001 and included the singles “Tell Me How You Feel” and “Shake up the Party.” Co-produced by Babyface, with other writers and producers like Rodney Jerkins, Beyonce Knowles, Fred Jerkins, and Soulshock & Karlin, the album was a hit. Commenting about the album, she said, “Music is always changing and I love the fact that on my album a lot of sounds come together. It’s not based on a trend and though there are Latin type songs on there, it really reaches across the board musically.”
Two months after the release of her album, Enriquez appeared as an actress when she landed the recurring role of Joy Reyes on the successful TV show “7th Heaven,” which she played until April 2002. In one of the episodes, she sang the song “Tell Me How You Feel.” In 2003, she made her film acting debut as Mary in the comedy “Chasing Papi,” which starred Roselyn Sanchez and Sofía Vergara. In addition, Enriquez appeared in shows like Showtime's “Resurrection Blvd” and CBS' soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” (both 2001).
Her singing career has also led to modeling gigs. In 2001, Enriquez began her affiliation with the prestigious brand L'Oreal as their spokesperson and appeared in their campaigns during 2001-2002. In 2003, she appeared in a major national campaign for their hair products. She has also been the spokesperson for the Candies Foundation and featured in numerous magazines, including “Elle Girl,” “Cosmo Girl,” “Glamour,” “Interview,” “Latin Girl” and “Vibe,” to name a few.
On March 7, 2006, Enriquez made her return to music by releasing a second album called “Atmosphere of Heaven” on JoyfulChild, the independent label she co-founded with her husband. It spawned the single “Get To Know Him.”