He subsequently attended Southern University, where he graduated with a double major in music and psychology.
Jackson's production/songwriting work in the San Francisco Bay area with Narada Michael Walden and Walter Afanasieff led Randy to be quite in demand as a producer himself.
While in the Bay area, Randy played in bands with Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. Jackson has also recorded, produced, or toured with many well-known artists and bands, ranging from Mariah Carey, NSYNC, C"line Dion, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna. He has also worked as an executive with Columbia Records and MCA Records.
Jackson, along with judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.Jackson has been a judge with American Idol since its inception in 2001. On the show, he is known for taking a middle road of criticism between the supportiveness of Paula Abdul and the nastiness of Simon Cowell.