- As a teenager, would sneak out in the evenings to hear live R&B music and perform in local clubs.
- Took time off in college to play and record with jazz drummer Billy Cobham's band.
- As a session bass/keyboard player, was nicknamed "The Emperor."
- In the '90s, shifted his music career from session playing to more entrepreneurial endeavors, taking an executive role at Columbia Records and releasing his own how-to tape on bass playing.
- Has credits on more than 1000 gold and platinum albums.
- Underwent gastric-bypass surgery in 2003 before losing more than 100 lbs.
- Produced the compilation album Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, in 2008.
- 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- Elizabeth Jackson — Ex-wife
- Jules Dangerfield — Grandfather
- Erika Riker — Wife (separated)
- Herman Jackson — Father
- Jordan Jackson — Son
- Julia Jackson — Mother
- Sue Jackson Lewis — Sister
- Susana Dangerfield — Grandmother
- Taylor Jackson — Daughter
- Zoe Jackson — Daughter
- Herman Jackson Jr. — Brother
- Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisana, United States (BA in Music and Psychology, 1979)
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