Randy Jackson - Record Producer, Career and Childhood

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Randy Jackson is an American musician (bassist), singer, record producer and also a television personality

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 23, 1956
NationalityAmerican
FamousRecord Producer, Television Personality, Musicians, Bassists, ESFJ
City/StateLouisiana
SpousesElizabeth Jackson (m. ?–1990), Erika Riker (m. 1995)
Known asRandall Darius Jackson
Childrens Zoe
Birth PlaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, US
Height173cm
GenderMale
FatherHerman Jackson
MotherJulia
Net Worth$40 million Apr 28,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inBaton Rouge, Louisiana, US
Famous asBassist, Record Producer, Television Personality.

// Famous Record Producer

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Who is Randy Jackson?

Famous as a judge on the reality television show, ‘American Idol’, Randy Jackson is a former record company executive, a bassist, singer and a well-known record producer. From a very young age, he was drawn to music and often escaped from his house to listen to R&B and also started playing bass for different bands. Very early in his career, Jackson bagged good work with a variety of artists performing in jazz, R&B and soul music genres. He even had famous stints with violinist, Jean-Luc Ponty and drummer, Billy Cobham. Jackson’s most famous and high-profile gig was with the band, ‘Journey’. The rock band gave him the opportunity to perform as a musician and he toured and recorded with them for three years. This was a big break for Jackson and since then he has performed, recorded and produced music with several famous artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton and Madonna. Apart from being a successful musician, Jackson has been involved in the business end of the music industry and has held high positions in A&R at Columbia Records and MCA Records. After appearing on American Idol, Jackson’s fame catapulted and he has since been involved in several other music ventures.

// Famous Television Personality

Childhood & Early Life

Randy Jackson was born on 23 June 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Julian and Herman Jackson. His father was a plant foreman and his mother was a homemaker.

He completed his education from Southern University earning his degree in music in 1979.

As a teenager, Jackson would sneak out of his house to listen to live R&B music. He also took time off college to work with jazz drummer, Billy Cobham’s band, learning to play record.

Career

With a good record playing experience, Jackson played in bands with the likes of Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. In early 1980s, Jackson landed a bigger break by playing on three albums for Jean-Luc Ponty and with the rock band, ‘Taxxi’.

In the 1980s, Jackson took up an opportunity to travel to Italy and moved there temporarily. Here, he associated himself with the Italian pop star Zucchero. Corrado Rustici who had worked with Jackson on many albums, produced the record, ‘Zucchero and the Randy Jackson Band’.

In 1986, Jackson worked with the rock group, ‘Journey’, playing in their album ‘Raised on Radio’. He remained a session musician with the band for another year. The same year, Jackson was seen in the music video of the album ‘Aretha’ working with Aretha Franklin and Keith Richards.

After working in the first solo album of guitarist, Steve Lukather, he worked on five songs on the album ‘Silky Soul’ by Maze, in 1989. During this time, he also worked on the albums of ‘Kenny G’.

In 1991, Jackson was bass guitarist for Divinyl’s self-titled album. The following year, he featured in many tracks of the album ‘Matters of the Heart’ such as, “Bang Bang Bang” and “Open Arms”. He also played bass on Bruce Springsteen's song "Human Touch."

In 2002, Jackson grabbed spotlight when he became one of the judges of Fox Network’s reality television series, ‘American Idol’. Jackson remained on the show and worked with many other judges like Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj etc.

In 2008, he released the album titled 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'. The album was entirely produced by him.

The same year, Jackson produced the reality television show, ‘American Best Dance Crew’. The show was aired on MTV but was scrapped in 2010 after poor ratings.

In 2009, he worked on the production of the 4th album of Kimberley Locke, a finalist on American Idol. The following year, the lead single, ‘Strobe Light’ was released.

He was the vice president of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Columbia Records for eight years and also headed A&R at MCA Records for four years.

After working with several famous artists, Jackson is now the manager of the band, ‘Paper Tongues’ which hails from Charlotte.

In November, 2014 Jackson left ‘American Idol’ to focus on his other business ventures.

Major Works

Being associated with the ‘American Idol’ is one of the major turning of Jackson’s career. The show catapulted him into limelight.

Awards & Achievements

In 2001, Jackson won a Grammy Award as a co-producer of the album ‘At last’ by Gladys Knight.

Jackson has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for five years in a row from 2003–2007.

Personal Life & Legacy

He got married to Elizabeth and the couple had a daughter, Taylor. However, they separated after a divorce in 1990.

Jackson’s second wife was Erika Riker whom he married in 1995. The couple has a daughter, Zoe and a son, Jordan.

Trivia

This American musician and producer is famous for frequently saying ‘dawg’ and ‘pitchy’.

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Randy Jackson biography timelines

  • // 23rd Jun 1956
    Randy Jackson was born on 23 June 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Julian and Herman Jackson. His father was a plant foreman and his mother was a homemaker.
  • // 1979
    He completed his education from Southern University earning his degree in music in 1979.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, Jackson worked with the rock group, ‘Journey’, playing in their album ‘Raised on Radio’. He remained a session musician with the band for another year. The same year, Jackson was seen in the music video of the album ‘Aretha’ working with Aretha Franklin and Keith Richards.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, Jackson was bass guitarist for Divinyl’s self-titled album. The following year, he featured in many tracks of the album ‘Matters of the Heart’ such as, “Bang Bang Bang” and “Open Arms”. He also played bass on Bruce Springsteen's song "Human Touch."
  • // 2001
    In 2001, Jackson won a Grammy Award as a co-producer of the album ‘At last’ by Gladys Knight.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, Jackson grabbed spotlight when he became one of the judges of Fox Network’s reality television series, ‘American Idol’. Jackson remained on the show and worked with many other judges like Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj etc.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he released the album titled 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'. The album was entirely produced by him.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he worked on the production of the 4th album of Kimberley Locke, a finalist on American Idol. The following year, the lead single, ‘Strobe Light’ was released.
  • // 2014
    In November, 2014 Jackson left ‘American Idol’ to focus on his other business ventures.

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Randy Jackson's FAQ

  • What is Randy Jackson birthday?

    Randy Jackson was born at 1956-06-23

  • Where is Randy Jackson's birth place?

    Randy Jackson was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

  • What is Randy Jackson nationalities?

    Randy Jackson's nationalities is American

  • Who is Randy Jackson spouses?

    Randy Jackson's spouses is Elizabeth Jackson (m. ?–1990), Erika Riker (m. 1995)

  • Who is Randy Jackson childrens?

    Randy Jackson's childrens is Zoe

  • How tall is Randy Jackson?

    Randy Jackson's height is 173

  • Who is Randy Jackson's father?

    Randy Jackson's father is Herman Jackson

  • Who is Randy Jackson's mother?

    Randy Jackson's mother is Julia

  • What is Randy Jackson's sun sign?

    Randy Jackson is Cancer

  • How famous is Randy Jackson?

    Randy Jackson is famouse as Bassist, Record Producer, Television Personality.