The Randy Jackson biography is the story of one of America’s music industry titans. From the tender age of thirteen, Randy discovered music and the bass guitar and from that point on, he carved himself a name as a tireless and talented musician.
A quick scan through the Randy Jackson biography throws up some of the biggest names in music industry history from Madonna to George Michael to Jon Bon Jovi and Paula Abdul.
Without question one of the highlights of the Randy Jackson biography has been his ten year stint on the most popular American TV show of the decade, American Idol.
Although American Idol may have made Randy a household name, his music industry career began way before then. Back in the early eighties Randy played in bands with Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia and Jean-Luc Ponty.
In 1985 he worked with Keith Richards on a track for the Whoopi Goldberg movie, Jumpin Jack Flash. The song appeared on Aretha Franklin’s fourth album.
At the same time, Randy was a session musician with a band called Journey. Later that decade he moved to Italy and worked with a band called Zucchero and they recorded one album together called Zucchero and the Randy Jackson band.
From that point on Jackson landed gigs playing bass guitar as a session musician for a number of high profile acts. For example he recorded tracks for the 1991 self-titled album Divinyls which included the chart topper ‘I touch myself.’
He also recorded several tracks with Tracy Chapman on her 1992 album titled Matters of the Heart. That same year he also performed with Bruce Springsteen.
With his music credibility firmly established by the early nineties, from that point he went on to work with the big names in the music business. He began recording, touring and producing with top name artists like Mariah Carey, NSYNC, Whitney Houston and Madonna.
Although it was around this time that Randy began to establish his reputation as a talented producer, his track record as a session musician is enviable by any standard.
He has played with Michael Bolton, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Ernie Isley, Roger Waters, Stevie Nicks, Richard Marx, Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen to name a few.
In 2008 Randy released his own album, which was called Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1. The album spawned the single ‘Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow’ which was performed by Paula Abdul.
Around the same time he began work on producing an album for American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, producing her fourth studio album.
But it is American Idol that continues to bring Randy to millions of American homes every week and this year should be as exciting as any as he shares the stage with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. The Randy Jackson biography is far from over.
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