Paul Jackson, Jr. is a fusion composer, arranger, producer and guitarist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Jackson knew by the age of fifteen that he wanted to become a professional musician. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in music.

In addition to being a recording artist in his own right, Jackson is also highly accomplished L.A. session player, with a career spanning multiple decades. He has supported artists ranging from Michael Jackson (on the albums Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix) to Whitney Houston,Thomas Anders and Patti LaBelle, to rockers such as Chicago and Elton John, to jazz greats such as Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, Marcus Miller and Kirk Whalum.

Jackson can be seen playing guitar in a wide variety of styles on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.[citation needed]