Randy Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is best known for his musical talents and his role as a judge on American Idol, where he has been complimenting contestants by calling them “dawg” since 2002. He is also the executive producer for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.
Jackson attended Southern University in Baton Rouge. He graduated in 1979 with a BA in music. Jackson has appeared on more than 1000 albums, putting his degree to good work by playing bass and keyboards. He also taught recording industry classes at UCLA for several years in the 1990s.
Jackson has been married twice. He has one child, Taylor, with his first wife, Elizabeth Jackson and two children, Zoe and Jordan, with his second wife, Erika Riker.
This season of American Idol is unique because it is the first year that contestants can be as young as 15 years old. Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler are the judges this season.