Before American Idol
Randy Jackson grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he started playing the bass guitar when he was just 13 years old. His first big break came in the 1980’s as a member of the rock band Journey. As a producer, Randy has worked with a number of iconic singers, including the likes of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
As the father of three children, Randy also keeps busy as host of the syndicated radio show, Jackson’s Hit List and as producer of America’s Best Dance Crew, a reality TV show on MTV.
Things You Didn't Know
- Randy Jackson once played for the rock band, Journey.
- He has Type-2 diabetes.
- Randy previously played bass for singers Richard Marx, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Tracy Chapman.
- Randy has worked on more than 1,000 gold and multi-platinum albums.
- He has recently added “author” to his list of accomplishments, including the two books “What’s Up Dawg? How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business” and “Body with Soul: Steady Your Sugar, Cut Your Cholesterol and Get a Jump on Your Best Health”.
- After gastric bypass surgery in 2003, Randy lost 114 pounds.
- Randy Jackson can be seen in the video for Aretha Franklin’s 1986 video for “Aretha”.
- Randy has played in bands with Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia.
- The only album ever produced entirely by Randy is “Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1”.
- Randy is cousin to actor Samuel L. Jackson.
- You could sing the phone book!
- For me man, that was real corny.
- You took a song that everyone knows and made a cool alternative version. You’re ready. You’re ready.
- Yo dawg! Guess what?! You’re 17 and you’re a pro! You’re only seventeen!
- A little pitchy…it was just alright for me, dawg.
- Peace, love and chicken grease.
- The Yo factor!
- Like Simon, it sneaks up on you.
- It’s like going to a David Cook concert.
- Dudes, and I do mean DUDES!