Jack Johnson (musician)

Jack Johnson
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Jack Johnson performing at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 1, 2014
Born
Jack Hody Johnson

(1975-05-13) May 13, 1975 (age 44)
ResidenceNorth Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Occupation
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Kim Johnson (m. 2000)
Children3
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Websitejackjohnsonmusic.com

Jack Hody Johnson[1] (born May 18, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter,[2] multi-instrumentalist, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres.[3][4] In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. Johnson has reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010 and From Here to Now to You in 2013. His album In Between Dreams peaked at number two on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.[5]

Johnson is active in environmentalism and sustainability, often with a focus on the world's oceans. Johnson and wife Kim created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation and the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation.[6] In 2008, Johnson adopted the concept of greening (reduce and reuse), and donated 100% of the proceeds of the Sleep Through the Static tour to the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. Similarly, the proceeds from the 2010 To the Sea album tour went to All At Once, a Johnson backed collaboration of greening charities promoting fan involvement.[7][8][9]

Early life

The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, Jack was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.[10] He began to learn how to surf at the age of five. At seventeen he became the youngest invitee to make the finals of the Pipeline Masters, one of surfing's most prestigious surfing events, on Oahu's North Shore. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth; this later became the inspiration for the song "Drink the Water".[11][12] He appeared as a surfer in The Endless Summer II in 1994.[13]

Jack Johnson graduated from Kahuku High School in Oahu. He would later attend the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and graduated in 1997[14] with a B.A. in Film Studies.[15] While Johnson learned the guitar at the age of 8 and started songwriting at the age of 12, his passion for music grew when he played rhythm guitar for the band Soil (not to be confused with the heavy metal band of the same name) in college.[11] In 1994, Zach Gill's band, Django Reinhardt, released a CD that quickly made Django a favorite band of the Isla Vista party scene at UCSB. Django was the rival of Jack Johnson's band Soil, but Gill and Johnson developed a strong friendship, eventually becoming bandmates in later years.[11][16][17] While with Soil at UCSB, Johnson opened for then relatively unknown acts such as Sublime and Dave Matthews with far from sold out crowds at the venues.[11]

Johnson credits his songwriting influences as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Otis Redding, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ben Harper, Sublime, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young, and A Tribe Called Quest.[18] Johnson names Jimi Hendrix as his all-time favorite guitarist.[19]

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