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Randy Jackson Biography

Birth Place:
Baton Rouge, Louisana, United States
Producer, musician, reality-show judge

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


  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: nominated


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