To most American population the Randy Jackson claim to fame starts (and possibly ends) with American Idol.
Randy began his role on American Idol way back in 2002 and he has been a permanent fixture on the show ever since.
In fact this year marks the departure of Simon Cowell as he marches off to head up the American version of the X Factor, the show he made hugely popular and used to launch dozens of pop careers in the UK.
So Randy will be the only remaining original judge on this year’s panel of American Idol judges which includes Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
Randy’s popularity on American Idol was instant and as such, the show instantly cemented his pop credentials and music mogul claim to fame.
Of the original judges, who included Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, Randy stood out as the caring fatherly type.
While Simon berated the contestants for being substandard and Paula lent her own brand of feminine mystique, Randy remained the steady hand.
He quietly encouraged his candidates and gave those who had no hope at all, gentle guidance encouraging them to follow a different path.
It is this fatherly influence and caring stance that ensured Randy won the hearts and minds of the American viewing public.
But the Randy Jackson claim to fame runs far deeper into the music industry. He is regarded by those in the know as nothing less than a music industry expert.
He began playing bass at the tender age of 13 and got his first real break playing for a band called Journey. That led to gigs with some of the hottest names in the music industry including Aretha Franklin, George Michael, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.
Jackson spent eight years as A&R at Columbia Records and followed that up with four years at MCA Records. Since American Idol cemented the Randy Jackson claim to fame he has expanded into television production.
He set up Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment and created the show Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew. The show is about to enter its sixty season and is much loved across the nation.
Jackson does not restrict his activities to the music and TV industries. He has also written two books. The first is called ‘What’s up Dawg? How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business.’ The second is called ‘Body with Soul: Steady your Sugar, Cut your Cholesterol and Get a Jump on Your Best Health.’ As a diabetes sufferer, this is a topic close to Randy’s heart.
Randy is also heavily involved in a number of charities. And these are just some of the activities that keep the Randy Jackson claim to fame riding high.
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