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Randy Jackson

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Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson

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Session Musician:

Randy Jackson was born June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He became an in demand rock, pop and jazz session musician in the 1980s. He played on three albums by jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and was then hired as bass player for the rock band Journey in the mid-1980s. He has appeared on such varied recordings as Madonna's Like a Prayer album, the Divinyls self-titled album, and Bruce Springsteen's "Human Touch" single. Randy Jackson has been musical director for Mariah Carey on tour multiple times.

Randy Jackson as Lead Artist:

In 2008 with the popularity of American Idol at his back, Randy Jackson decided to release his own album. Randy Jackson's Music Club, Volume One features a wide range of artists. He does not sing on the album, but he is the producer for all of the songs. The track "I Understand" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Performance. "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" featuring the vocals of Paula Abdul was released as a single from the album and hit #2 on the dance chart.

Manager and Executive:

Randy Jackson has also worked as both manager of artists and music industry executive. He currently manages the band Paper Tongues who have been signed to a major label contract. Randy Jackson worked in A&R management at both Columbia and MCA Records.

Randy Jackson as 'American Idol' Judge:

In 2002 the TV talent show American Idol debuted with Randy Jackson as a judge along with Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. As of 2011 and the tenth season of the show, Randy Jackson is the only original judge remaining. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joined him to fill out the panel. He has become known for his genial manner and using such phrases as, "Yo, dawg!" and, "That was the bomb!"

'America's Best Dance Crew':

In 2008 Randy Jackson debuted his own TV talent competition American's Best Dance Crew on MTV. The show has been a success and is currently gearing up for a sixth season beginning in April 2011.

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