Rockwell is an American singer and songwriter. Rockwell rose to fame in the mid-1980s with the single “Somebody’s Watching Me”, which features Michael Jackson in the chorus. Rockwell was signed to Motown Records during its heyday and it is alleged that his father, Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, was not involved in securing the recording contrast for his son.
As of 2023, Rockwell's net worth is estimated to be $2 million.
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Given Name||Kennedy William Gordy|
|Source(s) of Fame||Singer|
|Date of Birth||March 15, 1964|
|Place of Birth||Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Relationships||Divorced, Nicole Moore, (2010 - 2013)|
Rockwell started his singing career at a time when his father’s record company Motown was a major player in the music industry. To avoid the perception that nepotism played a role in his musical career, Rockwell approached Motown Records without his father’s knowledge.
It was Motown Records that came up with the name Rockwell, and Gordy, who was a young up-and-coming artist, agreed with the name. In 1984, Rockwell recorded the single “Somebody’s Watching Me”, with his childhood friends Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson singing the hook and chorus.
The album was released by Motown Records and was certified Gold, selling two million copies in the US. It reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and held the spot for five weeks. Rockwell recorded follow-up singles but the songs performed poorly in the charts.
After the success of “Somebody’s Watching Me”, Rockwell released two more albums with Motown Records before parting ways with the company. His other single, “Obscene Phone Caller” reached #40 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rockwell was not the only member of the Gordy family to record songs under the banner of Motown Records. His uncle, Robert Gordy released a single called “Everyone Was There” in 1958, and the song spent several weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100.
In 2021, “Somebody’s Watching Me” became popular on the social media platform TikTok, leading to a remake of the 1984 album with additional songs and several remixes. The album’s title track was recorded again and was included in the deluxe edition.
Rockwell is the son of Motown Records founder and CEO, Berry Gordy. His father named him Kennedy after the US president John F. Kennedy, and William after the singer William “Smokey” Robinson.
Rockwell is closely involved with the band LMFAO through his half-brother Stephen “Redfoo” Gordy and cousin Skyler “Sky Blue” Gordy.
Rockwell’s half-sister, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, is the firstborn child of legendary singer Diana. Rockwell was married to Nicole Moore from 2010-2013. The couple does not have any children together.
Rockwell was involved in a domestic dispute in November 2018 in Hollywood, California. Police were alerted to the incident and Rockwell was booked for assaulting a female with a chair and for causing bodily harm. The victim suffered a broken arm in addition to other injuries and following Rockwell’s release from jail, she filed a personal injury lawsuit against Kennedy William Gordy.
Rockwell is not particularly active on social media, however, he is available on Instagram and Twitter. He posts news about important music projects and also engages his fans on Instagram. To follow Rockwell and get the latest updates on what he’s working on, use the social media links posted at the top section of this article.
Rockwell is an American singer/songwriter with a net worth of $2 million. Rockwell is best known for his album “Somebody’s Watching Me”, released in 1984. The album reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and the title track is his most successful single to date. Rockwell released three albums with Motown Records but his songs performed poorly and failed to reach the same success of his first album.
Rockwell has sometimes been associated with other Singers such as Gene Pierson, Ellia English, Annelise Hesme, Lisa Ambalavanar, Irene, Tao Tsuchiya, Jaguar Wright, Masaaki Kurihara, and Aarthi Agarwal.