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Paul Jackson Jr.

“My original goal was to be the No. 1 studio musician in the world,” says the Los Angeles-based guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. “But I realized it was an unattainable, meaningless goal. I don’t think I ever became number one but I think I’ve been number two or number three for a very long time.”

You can excuse him for boasting. Just check out just a few of his credits: Madonna, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Yolanda Adams, Brian McKnight, Quincy Jones, Bobby Brown, Barbara Streisand, Elton John. He also had a high-profile presence on some of Whitney Houston’s biggest tours and jammed recently with the Backstreet Boys on MTV’s Total Request Live.

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