Randy Jackson (born June 23, 1956 Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American musician and record producer, now best known for being a judge on the television show American Idol.
As a musician Jackson plays the electric bass. He was bass player for the band Journey for a period in the 1980s. He has also recorded, produced, or toured with many well-known artists, ranging from Mariah Carey (whom he knew when she was still a teenager; he was in her band at Live 8 in London in 2005) to *NSYNC to Céline Dion to Bruce Springsteen. He has also worked as an executive with Columbia Records and MCA Records.
Jackson has been a judge with American Idol since its inception in 2002. On the show he is known for taking a middle road of criticism between the supportiveness of Paula Abdul and the nastiness of Simon Cowell. He has popularized "pitchy" as the way to describe off-key singing. He is also renowned for his heavy use of slang terms and gestures, most notably the word "dawg". Jackson sometimes wears outrageous outfits and supplies an endless inspirational resource for those looking for eye glasses.
He was married to Elizabeth Jackson until 1990 when he divorced her. Since 1995, he has been married to Erika Riker. In 2003 Jackson had well-publicized gastric bypass surgery and has subsequently lost over a hundred pounds.
Contrary to popular belief, Randy Jackson is not a cousin of actor Samuel L. Jackson . nor is he related to any other famous Jackson.
Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul were considered for 'X Factor' USA?
Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were reportedly briefly under consideration to join The X Factor USA's judging panel alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato. Paulina Rubino and former X Factor UK judge Kelly Rowland were announced as the Fox ...
Randy Jackson Will Produce Sister Sparrow's Next Album
Fight is a four-song EP produced by Randy Jackson, who was recently liberated from his role as judge on American Idol. A note from the band reads, “The EP recording process is a wrap! It's an honor for us to have the legendary Randy Jackson producing ...
Randy Jackson And HSN Celebrate Memorial Day With "American Tribute Event"
PR Newswire (press release)
NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading multichannel retailer HSN, welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning producer, and music manager Randy Jackson to launch the "American Tribute" Collection live on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile ...
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