Grammy-winning producer, virtuoso musician, hit songwriter, legendary A&R executive and, of course, lovable American Idol judge - Randy Jackson has called upon every aspect of his staggering career to produce Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, his first solo album on his new label, Dream Merchant 21.
The album includes a stellar ensemble of artists and features the return of fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul who's track "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" is her first release of new music in over a decade. Other guests on the album include Idol standouts Katherine McPhee and Elliot Yamin, U.K. phenom Joss Stone, country trailblazer Travis Tritt, pop-rock hitmaker Jason Mraz, ace country songwriter-producer John Rich (of Big & Rich), R&B luminary Sam Moore and Bon Jovi guitarist-harmonizer Richie Sambora. Randy also works once more with the incredible Mariah Carey who guests on the gospel track "Understand" along with Bebe Winans and Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell & Rance Allen. The collection also features major up and coming talent such as the wonderful Barbie Esco on the track "My R&B" and Kelli Selah on "Who's Gonna Love You Now" among many others.
"I'm really pleased that a bunch of wonderful, talented people showed up," Jackson said of his experience producing Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1. "I'm really blessed by the way it all came together."
"I love people who break boundaries and always create something new and fresh," he points out. "I'm still true to my Southern roots." The disc's Tritt-Sambora collaboration, "Willing to Try" and the producer-musician's work with John Rich underscore this restlessly inventive Southern sensibility.
Randy describes Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1 as "a great way to announce my new label, hear from some great established and new artists, and share a little musical history," adding "in a way, it's autobiographical - it covers a lot of my life experience."
"After everything I've done, I wasn't dying to make a solo album," the tireless music maker admits. "But this was an opportunity to bring together an amazing roster of artists and make a kind of potpourri of all the things I love. At the end of the day, I'm a song guy - and working on these songs has been a way to express my passion for music, which has never been stronger."