Rodney Jerkins' 5-Year-Old Daughter Heavenly Joy Auditions for 'America's Got Talent': Watch
It looks like producer Rodney Jerkins isn’t the only musical star in the family.
Jerkins’ adorable 5-year-old daughter Heavenly Joy auditioned for America’s Got Talent and won over the entire panel -- especially Howard Stern.
Heavenly -- who said her aunt calls her “Heav” -- said her talent was singing, but her love was tap. These two talents came in handy for her bubbly rendition of “In Summer," sung by Josh Gad's Olaf the Snowman in the Disney film Frozen.
Ever the practical judge, Stern told the young lady that doing both was hard to do, because performers lose breath. She assured him that wasn’t going to happen.
“Do you have a musical family?” Stern asked.
The fact that Dad produced records for Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce didn’t come up, but her answer was cute. “Since I was 1, I used to sing,” she said.
“You got to start at a young age in this business,” the King of All Media said.
When Stern pointed out that the prize was a million dollars, Heavenly Joy said the show should keep it. Then she offered a better idea: giving it away. “Some people don’t have any clothes,” said the Calabasas, Calif., cutie.
Heavenly is also seemingly unaffected by show-business connections. When Stern joked that she would be a “terrific Spice Girl," like judge Mel B., she countered, “I don’t know what that is...I wasn’t born yet.”
Heavenly’s talented family includes her mom, Joy Enriquez. She had her own talent-show-winning streak after 11 straight victories on Star Search. Her career includes singing backup vocals on the Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey duet “When You Believe,” a self-titled album in 2001 and her reality series House of Joy. The two married in 2004 and have four children. Enriquez has put in time on the Billboard charts, with "Tell Me How You Feel" peaking at No. 31 on Rhythmic Songs in 2000 and "Shake Up the Party" hitting No. 23 on Dance Club Songs in 2001.
Jerkins recently launched Lifestyle Music Group, focusing on Christian and Gospel music. Jerkins -- who earned his fourth Grammy in February when Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” won as record of the year -- states that Lifestyle “is not a label. It’s a destination where a community of artists can exist and just be themselves, authentically expressing their God-given gifts without judgment.”
Heavenly makes an appearance in Enriquez's new video for "Hallelujah."
Jerkins tweeted his family pride with a shout-out that included props to aunt Tiffany Enriquez, who is a vocal teacher who has coached American Idol season 8 star Allison Iraheta:
Watch Heavenly below: