Birth Name: Kennedy William Gordy

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 15, 1964

Ethnicity: African-American, distant English

Rockwell is an American singer.

Rockwell is the son of Margaret Norton and legendary Motown producer Berry Gordy. His parents are African-American. His father also has a small amount of English ancestry.

Rockwell is a half-brother of musician and actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick and musician Redfoo, through his father. His half-nephew and half-niece are musicians Sky Blu and Mahogany Lox. He is also a first cousin, once removed, of actress Bianca Lawson and songwriter and A&R Ricky Lawson, through their shared Gordy ancestors.

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

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

Rockwell is a half-second cousin, once removed, of President Jimmy Carter. Rockwell 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 Rockwell (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Rockwell’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

1 Response

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Does Berry Gordy not have a page, here?

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