May 4th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

'Idol's' Randy Jackson launches record label

“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.

Filed under: American Idol 2010 • television

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  1. jim mellen

    Randy should do the right thing, i.e., sign up Pia TDoscano on waivers that she learn
    how to dance – at least enough to perform while singing. There is amoney maker there.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Curt

    Casey may not have a big voice range, but many successful artists do not. It was correct for America to not vote off Casey solely on his last performance. Just because Sinatra is not his style should not be reason to banish him. Look at all his past performances, which have been consistenly strong, and liked by the judges. Casey has more than looks, he does have an artistic style to his music which has taken him this far. That said, still my favorite to win is Crystal.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jana

    I think Casey is coasting on his looks – not much of a voice or range. I just wanted to watch Harry Connick, Jr. I could watch him all night. He was perfect for "Sinatra" night. He is way cool ! Lucky Jill (wifey)

    May 6, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    I don't always agree with Randy...he sometimes gives me the impression that he's not sure of what he's talking about....always the same ...."Well the song started a little slow...then it picked up at the end...I don't know DOG..I just don't know...what do you think Ellen...???

    May 6, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. lauratj

    Randy Rocks !!!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Congrats to both of them. I'm really enjoying "Strobelight".

    May 5, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    Yes...he was the bassist.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave in Connecticut

    Didn't he play with Journey?

    May 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |

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