About the Author
Thirty-year music industry veteran and Grammy Award winning producer, Randy Jackson started out at the age of 13 playing bass guitar and got his big break when he joined the acclaimed band Journey. As a talented musician and producer, Randy also spent eight years as the Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records followed by four years as Senior Vice President of A&R at MCA Records. Jackson was widely known as America’s favorite judge on FOX’s record- breaking show American Idol.
Randy expanded into TV production, setting up his Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment banner at Warner Horizon Television, which launched MTV’s hit series Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew, as Executive Producer.
While working on over one thousand gold and multi-platinum albums, which have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, Randy’s amazing talent, vast studio knowledge, performing, touring and record company expertise, have made him one of today’s highly coveted music industry experts.
Jackson executive produced and performed on the legendary Sam Moore’s Grammy nominated album, Overnight Sensational. In addition, Randy teamed up with Country superstar Travis Tritt on his highly anticipated new album. He also brought together an eclectic mix of artists on Randy Jackson’s Music Club Vol I which is the first CD on his new label Dream Merchant 21.
Randy has recorded, toured, performed and produced records for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Madonna, Elton John, Destiny’s Child, Joss Stone, Travis Tritt, Van Hunt and many, many more.
Recently, Jackson launched two radio countdown shows for the Westwood One radio Network “Randy Jackson’s Hit List,” which can be heard on over 100 stations nationwide.
In addition, Jackson is involved with numerous charitable organizations including recently being announced as an U.S Ambassador for Save the Children. Other charities Jackson is involved with include: The Gibson Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House and NARAS Music for Schools. Jackson has also assisted in worldwide relief efforts through the multi-million dollar fundraiser IDOL GIVES BACK. Randy traveled back to his home state of Louisiana, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.