BIO: Randy Jackson
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Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer, is a 20-year music industry veteran. He started out playing bass guitar at age 13, and got his big break when he joined the band Journey. He spent eight years as vice president of A&R at Columbia Records and four years as senior vice president of A&R at MCA Records.
Jackson has recorded, toured and performed with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Madonna, Elton John and Destiny’s Child. He has worked on more than 1000 gold and multi-platinum albums, and his contributions have helped to sell more than 200 million albums worldwide. With his talent, expertise and experience, Jackson is one of today’s most highly regarded music industry experts.
He launched his own radio countdown show, “Randy Jackson’s Hit List,” for the Westwood One Radio Network and serves as an executive producer on the cable series “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Jackson has authored the 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.”
In addition, he is involved with numerous charitable organizations, including Save the Children, The Gibson Foundation, The Lili Claire Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House and NARAS Music for Schools.
Jackson lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
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