Randy Jackson

  • Birth Place: Baton Rouge, Louisana, United States
  • Profession: Producer, Musician, Reality-show judge
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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

Relationships

  • Herman Jackson Jr. — Brother
  • Elizabeth Jackson — Ex-wife
  • Jules Dangerfield — Grandfather
  • Herman Jackson — Father
  • Jordan Jackson — Son
  • Julia Jackson — Mother
  • Sue Jackson Lewis — Sister
  • Susana Dangerfield — Grandmother
  • Taylor Jackson — Daughter
  • Erika Riker — Wife (separated)
  • Zoe Jackson — Daughter

College

  • Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisana, United States (BA in Music and Psychology, 1979)
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