With musicians in recent time that seem to share some sort of similarity with the King of Pop, many people have begun to ask the question; “Is Michael Jackson related to either Bruno Mars or Randy Jackson?” among many other notable talents.
In case you might not know, Michael Jackson was not just one of the most popular figures of the 90s, but also one of the greatest musicians in history. The legendary singer, songwriter, and dancer first rose to fame as a member of the Jackson 5 before later embarking on a glorious solo career that saw him release several bestselling albums, including Thriller, which is the bestselling album of all time. He further sold over 350 million records and popularised the iconic dance style known as the moonwalk.
Here is a breakdown of all there is to know about MJ’s relatives.
Is Michael Jackson Related to Bruno Mars?
Bruno Mars is one of the most popular musicians in contemporary times. Renowned for his retro style, the singer and songwriter has dropped several albums and monster hits such as “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade”. He has also scored numerous awards including at least 11 Grammy Awards.
Mars shares several similarities with the late Michael Jackson. Both hail from musically-gifted families and started performing at a young age. They also have a similar vocal range (high tenor) as well as a similar sense of style. Finally, both men are renowned for their dance skills. But despite these similarities, as well as a fake news report which claimed that DNA has confirmed that the King of Pop is Mars’ biological father, there is no blood relationship between the two. Mars has, however, revealed that Jackson is one of his biggest musical influences.
Is He Related to Randy Jackson?
Randy Jackson is an accomplished bass guitarist, record producer and TV personality. He commenced his professional career in the 80s and has played for musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Marx and Bob Dylan. He has also produced records for artists such as Mariah Carey, N’Sync, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Fergie and Madonna.
Randy is, however, most popular for his long-term stint as a judge on the reality TV series, American Idol. The Louisiana native spent 12 seasons as a judge on the popular singing competition.
So, to answer the question; is Michael Jackson related to Randy Jackson? The answer is no. Many have mistaken this Randy to be Michael’s brother because the late musician has an actual biological brother with the same name.
The Jackson Family
Michael Jackson hailed from a family of 11, comprising of him, his parents as well as eight other siblings. The patriarch of the Jackson family is Joe Jackson. He identified his children’s talents at a young age and set out on a mission to turn them into a group of dazzling child stars.
Joe founded The Jackson 5 which comprised of his five eldest sons. The Jackson 5 got their head start by performing at various local venues. They eventually landed a recording deal with Motown in 1969 and proceeded to drop several successful albums. The group was amongst the first black artists to sell more than 100 million records.
The matriarch of the Jackson family is Katherine Jackson, nee Scruse. Katherine was a clarinet and piano player who once aspired to be a country and western singer. She later dropped the ambition and became a homemaker while working various jobs. In recent times, Katherine has received awards on behalf of her late son. She was also appointed the legal guardian of his children.
All five boys were at some point a part of The Jackson 5. Jackie, the oldest, now runs a record company and features in a reality TV series. He and his brothers have also performed at the Las Vegas casino circuit. Tito has since built a solo career as a blues musician whilst appearing as a judge on a BBC celebrity singing competition while Jermaine has also built a successful solo career and appeared in several British TV shows.
Unlike his other brothers, Marlon left music and is now a successful real estate agent in South California while the youngest Jackson brother, Randy, real name Steven Randall Jackson, has mostly been heard about in regard to the several legal disputes he has been involved in.
In regards to his sisters, Rebbie, the eldest child in the Jackson family, is an actress and singer just like La Toya. The youngest child in the family, Janet, is, however, the most popular and successful of them all, aside from Michael.
Janet is an accomplished dancer and musician and is renowned for her elaborate stage shows. She has dropped more than nine albums and has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She is one of the bestselling artists of all time and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.