Joy Charity Enriquez (born June 6, 1978) is an American singer and actress who has appeared on the television series 7th Heaven and also starred in films such as Chasing Papi and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (voice). Enriquez was also a background singer to the single "When You Believe", a duet by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Enriquez was born in Whittier, California, United States. At age eleven she participated in Star Search and won eleven performances. After Star Search, her mother began sending out videotapes of her performances, hoping to land a record deal. Enriquez got a solo deal with LaFace Records and released her debut album Joy Enriquez, in 2001. The album and its first single, "Tell Me How You Feel" had some success internationally, providing the opportunity for Enriquez to make promotional visits to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, and Korea. In the US, Enriquez's album was released one week after the 9/11 attacks. Her older sister, Tiffany Enriquez, who is still her manager as well as Epic Records recording artist Tiffany Dunn, has given voice lessons to American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta.
On April 4, 2004, Enriquez married record producer Rodney Jerkins, who had worked on her debut album. Their first child, Rodney David Jerkins, Jr., was born on May 28, 2008. Their second child, daughter Heavenly Joy Jerkins, was born on November 17, 2009 at 9:58 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Their third child, Hannah Joy Jerkins, arrived on October 19, 2012, followed by their fourth, Royal David Jerkins, in early 2015.
After almost completing a follow-up album in the same Pop/R&B vein as her debut, which would have featured the leaked track "It's So Funny", a collaboration with Mase, Joy had a change of heart about the musical direction she wished to pursue. She decided that her next release should be an inspirational/contemporary Christian music record. The ensuing album, Atmosphere of Heaven, was released on March 7, 2006 on the independent label JoyfulChild, which was formed by Jerkins and Enriquez.
In 2010, she wrote the track "Boom Chika Boom" for the Our Family Wedding soundtrack, and performed/wrote the song "Beatz Be Rockin'" for the Nickelodeon iCarly series.
She contributed songs to the Lifetime series Dance Moms in 2012 with the track "Light My Fire" getting a separate digital single release.
In 2013, her reality series House of Joy premiered on the NUVOtv network on July 18, 2013. After each episode, a new digital single would be released on digital services. These eight songs, along with the theme song, were released on an EP, House of Joy, on September 10, 2013.
In 2015, she released two digital singles: "Hallelujah" featuring Lindsey Stirling and "Shine" featuring her daughter Heavenly Joy. Her third studio album The Call was released on January 15, 2016.
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.
A^Joy Enriquez was re-released in Japan and United States in a different album cover and track listing.
B^ Song was also included on Anna and the King movie soundtrack as a theme song.
"When You Believe" (background vocals)
The Prince of Egypt
"How Can I Not Love You"
Anna and the King
"Shake Up the Party"
"Bella Notte (This Is the Night)" (with Carlos Ponce)
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
"Shake Up the Party"
"Beatz Be Rockin'"
Enriquez has been married to producer Rodney Jerkins since April 4, 2004, and they have four children: Rodney David Jerkins, Jr., born on May 28, 2008; Heavenly Joy Jerkins, born on November 17, 2009; Hannah Joy Jerkins, born on October 19, 2012; and Royal David Jerkins, born in 2015.
In 2015, Enriquez's daughter, Heavenly Joy, was a contestant on season 10 of America's Got Talent.