L.A. Jackson embodies this old adage in just five words
“Never Let the Dream Die”
L.A. Jackson, is a native of Kingston Jamaica, the capital of Jamaica. He also speaks the native language called Jamaican Patois. Jackson say’s Bob Marley is his idol because he demonstrated to him that “It’s OK to be Jamaican and still accomplish your goals”. Jackson’s motto has always been “ Keeping It Moving”
The Early Years
As a young child in the mid 60’s, Jackson and his family relocated to Brooklyn New York where he grew up. He has a close relationship with his brother and sister. His mother was a housekeeper and his father was the superintendent of the apartment building where they lived. Jackson experienced the culture shock of racism or what some may call reverse racism. It was disturbing to young Jackson because it came from his own race. However, he was considered an outsider due to his Jamaican heritage; living in the ghetto around other children of color Jackson had no understanding of why he was teased, spat on and called crude names.
Although he faced discouraging opposition from his peers, he remained optimistic and used that opposition as his source of motivation to catapult himself to the next level. In the third grade he was placed in the (IGC) Intellectually Gifted Children program for three years in a row and by the fifth grade was made Valedictorian of his school. His mentor and fifth grade teacher Bernard Percy saw great potential in Jackson and made him a contributing author to his nationally published books, including (How to Grow a Child: A child’s advice to parents, The Power of Creative Writing and Help your child).
From 1984-1994, Jackson spent 10 yrs marketing Columbia, Epic and Def Jam Records for Sony Music. In 2001, he executive produced the Atlanta Artist Against Violence CD, for the “Million Mom March Foundation” following the murder of a friend, DeKalb County Sheriff, Derwin Brown. This project lead him to manage Baba Oje, formerly of the musical group Arrested Development.
Jackson is President and Co-founder of Peach City Records in Atlanta and head of the marketing & sales dept. Jackson spends a major part of his day on the phone, online, and going to meetings & events. He met Wade Jones at a music studio and they immediately connected and in less than a year formed a business partnership. According to Wade Jones Co-Founder/CEO, of Peach City Records, “L.A is enthusiastic and energetic; he follows through on his great ideas and don’t mind sharing his expertise.” He also states that “he has the gift of gab and knows how to rub elbows.” L.A. recently wrote his own seven series book called Musicology 2101. To further promote the book, he’s planning a book tour that includes musical groups.
Jackson have his hands full in several ventures, including his MKM Multi-Media Works company which oversees the media production of music, audio visual, home theater and sales of books & merchandise. He’s also a member of the (NARIP) National Association of Record Industry Professionals, as well as the (GMIA) Georgia Music Industry Association.
Jackson’s favorite quote:
“Everything Turns Out Right in the End. If it isn’t Right, It isn’t the End”