Jack Johnson Biography
Jack Johnson (born May 18, 1975) is a Hawaii-born singer-songwriter who has achieved commercial success and a dedicated following since the release of his debut album, "Brushfire Fairytales". His latest album is Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George.
Jack Johnson was a professional surfer until an accident in which he broke his wrist, had his front teeth knocked out and received more than 150 stitches to his mouth and forehead. While he was recovering in bed, he spent his time writing songs and playing guitar. He was also a keen skateboarder, and learned how to surf and skate from his father's best friend Alex Conwell. Alex also taught Jack to play the guitar and the flute. Johnson learned to play guitar at age 14, but did not seriously pursue a career in the arts until his college years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a degree in film. There, he played rhythm guitar for the hippie rock group "Soil-me." In his time off after graduating Jack travelled and, during 1997-98, co-directed and shot the purist surf film Thicker Than Water to be released later.
Making friends with Garrett Dutton of G. Love & Special Sauce, he recorded "Rodeo Clowns" to be released on their 1999 album Philadelphonic. Ben Harper also took Johnson under his wing after hearing his music. This launched his music career and led to the release of his first album, Brushfire Fairytales, in 2001 to aid in the Thicker than Water soundtrack.
After touring for almost two years, Johnson released his second album, On and On, to generally favorable reviews in late 2003. Many of the songs on On and On had previously been released on bootlegs, such as J.O.A.T. and B.O.A.T., but received the accompaniment of a full band on the new album.
His third studio album, In Between Dreams, was released on March 1, 2005. Over a year later, it was still on the charts, where it was positioned at #3 (March 21st 2006). Also released in 2006 was the album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George.
Johnson was featured on the Sublime tribute album Look at All the Love We Found, and was on Handsome Boy Modeling School's White People, released in 2004. In 2005 he appeared on the Black Eyed Peas album Monkey Business on the track Gone Going.
In February 2006, he won a Brit Award for Best International Newcomer, beating The Pussycat Dolls, John Legend, The Arcade Fire and Daniel Powter. In May 2006, "In Between Dreams" surpassed one million sales in the UK.
Jack Johnson also owns Brushfire Records which released the soundtracks for the aforementioned films. Other artists on that label include Matt Costa, Animal Liberation Orchestra, and G. Love & Special Sauce.
In 2004, Johnson co-founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii. The Kokua Festival is the Kokua Hawaii Foundation's annual benefit event that brings together environmental organizations, eco-friendly businesses, musicians, artists, teachers, and community leaders to promote environmental awareness in Hawaii.