May 4th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson doesn’t just want to discover new talent - he wants to produce it.
Jackson recently announced the launch of his new dance label, DreamMerchant21, and the signing of the label’s first artist, “Idol” season two third-place finalist, Kimberley Locke.
According to a press release, Jackson “has plans to serve all facets of the dance community as he sees the genre of dance at the forefront of today’s music trends.”
In April, Locke’s released the label’s first song, “Strobelight.” “I feel compelled with the music that I am hearing in 2010 to start this kind of label,” the press release quotes Jackson as saying. “I want to make a difference within this genre and bring good energy and great music to all!”
In the past few years, Locke, has had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits, three No. 1 Dance hits, and eight No. 1s across various Billboard charts. She also had three No. 1 Christmas singles and a holiday tour with Dave Koz, with whom she duetted with on the classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas.”
Jackson is a former musician who has played and toured with superstars including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Elton John and Celine Dion. His background also includes years as an A&R music executive.
“Strobelight” was produced by DJs and music producers Tony Moran and Warren Rigg.
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