Redfoo (right) and Sky Blu in 2010, Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Stephen Kendal Gordy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 3, 1975

*father – African-American, distant English
*mother – Finnish

Redfoo is an American musician. He is one half of electronic dance music duo LMFAO, known for their song “Party Rock Anthem,” with his nephew Sky Blu.

Redfoo’s father is producer Berry Gordy, who is African-American, and also has a small amount of English ancestry. Redfoo’s mother, Nancy Leiviska, has Finnish ancestry. Both Redfoo and Sky Blu are biracial, as their fathers are black and their mothers are white (Redfoo, and Sky Blu’s father, are half-brothers). On their track, “Welcome To My World,” Redfoo says, “I got a white mom and a black dad.”

Redfoo is a half-brother of singer Rockwell and musician and actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick, through his father. Redfoo has a daughter with his partner, chef and road manager Jasmine Alkouri.

Redfoo’s paternal grandfather was Berry Gordy, Jr. (the son of Berry Gordy and Lucy Hellum). Redfoo’s grandfather Berry was born in Georgia. Redfoo’s great-grandfather Berry was the son of James Thomas Gordy and Esther Johnson.

Redfoo’s paternal grandmother was named Bertha Fuller. Bertha was born in Georgia.

Redfoo’s maternal grandfather was named Einar Leiviska. Einar was born in Michigan, of Finnish descent.

Redfoo’s maternal grandmother was named Vivian/Vivien Maki. Vivian was born in Michigan, of Finnish descent.

Redfoo is the uncle of singer and actress Mahogany Lox. He is a first cousin, once removed, of actress Bianca Lawson and songwriter and A&R Ricky Lawson, through his paternal grandparents Berry Gordy and Bertha Fuller, who were Bianca’s and Ricky’s paternal great-grandparents.

Redfoo is a half-second cousin, once removed, of President Jimmy Carter. Redfoo is descended from President Carter’s (white) great-grandfather, James Thomas Gordy, from his relationship with a black woman, Esther Johnson (President Carter is descended from James’s white wife, Harriet Emily Helms). President Carter and music producer Berry Gordy are half-second cousins.

Sources: Genealogy of Redfoo –

Genealogy of Berry Gordy III (focusing on his own father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

17 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Can Skyblu’s ancestry be updated?

  2. madman says:

    Redfoo’s maternal grandparents were Einar Leiviska and Vivian/Vivien Maki. Einar and Vivian were both born in Michigan, of Finnish descent.

  3. LMFBO says:

    Skyblu could pass for indian, arab or even caribbean latino (Dominican, PRican, Panamanian).

    RedFoo is just white, with a fro… He doesnt look mixed at all.

  4. Lopac Is My RACIST Lover says:

    I’m sexy and I know it.

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