Jack Hody Johnson (born May 18, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, 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. 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.
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. 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.
Jack Hody Johnson
May 13, 1975
|Residence||North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara|
Kim Johnson (m. 2000)
The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, Jack (real name Manchester) was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. 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". He appeared as a surfer in The Endless Summer II in 1994.
Jack Johnson graduated from Kahuku High School in Oahu. He would later attend the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Film Studies. 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. 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. 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.
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. Johnson names Jimi Hendrix as his all-time favorite guitarist.
Jack Johnson's big break was writing and contributing vocals for the song "Rodeo Clowns" which was featured on G. Love's 1999 album Philadelphonic. The song would later become the most famous single on the album.
In addition to his later success as a musician, Johnson is also an accomplished filmmaker. Johnson directed the surf films Thicker Than Water (2000) and The September Sessions (2002), in which he also starred. Both movie soundtracks were also products of Johnson. Johnson also starred in the 2004 surf film A Brokedown Melody.
Suela released a four track demo that caught the attention of Ben Harper's producer, J. P. Plunier, who worked with Johnson to produce his debut album Brushfire Fairytales during December 2000 with Harper and his Weissenborn lap steel guitar making a guest appearance. Brushfire Fairytales was released on February 1, 2001, and led to Johnson becoming the opening act in late February 2001 for the last twenty-three cities of Ben Harper's “Innocent Criminals” tour of the United States.
Johnson went back into the studio with Adam Topol (drums, percussion) and Merlo Podlewski (bass), who played on Brushfire Fairytales, and Mario Caldato Jr on production duties, to record his second full-length album On and On. It was the first album to be recorded at Johnson's Mango Tree Studio in Johnson's home town of North Shore, Oahu, and the first to be released through The Moonshine Conspiracy Records. On and On was released on May 6, 2003.
The Moonshine Conspiracy Records was later changed to Brushfire Records; Johnson turned the offices and studios of his Los-Angeles based record company into a model of eco-friendliness, with solar power, recyclable CD packaging, and power-saving air conditioners.
In October 2004, Johnson returned to the Mango Tree Studio with Topol and Podlewski along with Zach Gill (of Animal Liberation Orchestra) playing accordion, melodica and piano, to record his follow-up to 2003's On and On. In Between Dreams was released on March 1, 2005.
Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George is a soundtrack album by Johnson, released on February 7, 2006. The album also features Ben Harper, G. Love, Merlo Podlewski and Zach Gill. It was the first soundtrack to make it to number 1 since the Bad Boys II soundtrack in August 2003, and was the first soundtrack for an animated film to top the Billboard 200 since the Pocahontas soundtrack in July 1995.
Johnson enlisted J.P. Plunier to produce his fourth full-length studio album, Sleep Through the Static. It was recorded using 100% solar energy at the Solar-Powered Plastic Plant studio in Los Angeles. The album featured Gill (keys), Podlewski (bass) and Topol (drums, percussion). Sleep Through the Static was released on February 1, 2008, and was followed by a world tour.
Johnson spearheaded the Kōkua Festivals (2004–2008 and 2010). Often occurring around Earth Day, these six years of festivals provided support for the Kōkua Hawai'i Foundation, which is a charitable organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii. Kōkua Festival 2004/2005 was a DVD released by Jack Johnson Music that showcased the early Kōkua Festivals. He also participated, with Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder and others, in the documentary Kōkua 2008: 5 Years of Change (2009), produced by Brushfire and Three Foot Giant Productions and shown on Sundance Channel. On April 17, 2012, preceding his 2012 Hawaiian Islands tour, he released the live Kōkua Festival compilation Best of Kōkua Festival.
Johnson produced Animal Liberation Orchestra's fifth studio album, Man of the World, which was released February 9, 2010. The album also features vocals from Johnson.
On February 1, 2010, Johnson's official website announced that his fifth studio album, To the Sea, was in the recording process at the Mango Tree Studio, with a planned worldwide release during the first week of June 2010. The website also announced an accompanying European, Australian and New Zealand tour to coincide with the album's release on midnight 31 May.
While speaking with New Zealand radio station ZM, Johnson said he is constantly aiming to build relationships with local pro-environment, non-profit groups. "We try to raise money for a lot of these groups who are doing positive things in the community. We try to focus mostly on environmental education, just trying to get kids out into nature, supporting local farms and things like that."
At the Stan Sheriff Center on April 14, 2012, during the Pillars of Peace Hawai'i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha, Johnson performed introductory music before Nobel Peace Laureate Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, gave the speech "Educating the Heart". Better Together was one of several songs Jack performed.
Johnson released From Here to Now to You with his band on September 17, 2013. On June 15, 2013, Jack and the Band performed as headliners at the 2013 Bonnaroo in Tennessee. He also played two acoustic concerts, one at London's Tabernacle in Notting Hill and the other at New York City's Allen Room at Lincoln Center overlooking Central Park, featuring songs from his upcoming album. The From Here to Now to You Tour ran from March through September 2014.
In February 2017, Johnson announced a U.S. tour beginning in Chicago at the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island on June 1 and ending with two Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation benefit concerts at the Waikiki Shell on August 4 & 5. Also, he revealed plans to release an album in the summer 2017. Later, he added a September 10 concert for the 2017 Ohana Fest at Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California. On September 8, 2017, Jack released his seventh studio album All the Light Above It Too, and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard chart's "Artist 100." In July 2018, Johnson released his greatest hits album "Jack Johnson: The Essentials" in Japan.
On July 22, 2000, Johnson married his college girlfriend, Kim. They have three children: two boys and a girl. Johnson lives on the North Shore of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In an interview with Johnson, Ann Donahue from Billboard described Johnson's family life by saying "There is often trouble in balancing the life of an artist, environmentalist, and family man, but Johnson seems to have the niche for such a challenge. This time around, he's found a pace that agrees with him...bringing his family along so he can spend mornings with them sightseeing." Both Johnson and his wife decline to talk about or release any intimate information concerning their children.
In 2008, Johnson and his wife Kim created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, a non-profit public charity supporting environmental, art, and music education worldwide. Jack and Kim Johnson also founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation in 2003. Johnson and his family work hard every year at festivals and concerts alike, to raise money for causes they feel are most important. Johnson recorded a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" for the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, which was also included on the 2009 benefit album Rhythms del Mundo Classics. In talking about Johnson and his career choices, Rolling Stone wrote: "It is a typically generous move from Johnson, who has used his multi-platinum success to support causes he cares about." Although the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization that "focuses on environmental, arts and music education", it has raised more than $750,000 from 2009 to 2010 to give away. Johnson was in Osaka, Japan on his To the Sea 2010 World Tour at the time of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. He was in a hotel with his family when it struck. After having to postpone the rest of his tour, he donated $50,000 to GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Johnson's Ohana Charitable Foundation has also supported Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. He also decorated a guitar for Little Kids Rock to auction to raise funds for its program.
On September 22, 2012, he donated his time to play a few songs at Farm Aid 2012 in Hershey, PA. Later in 2012, Jack donated $50,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief and added links on his website for others to donate:
|1999||Nice Guys Sleep Alone||Woody||actor|
|2000||Thicker than Water||Himself||documentary; also director|
|2001||Out Cold||Jack Johnson and Band||actor; cameo|
|2002||The September Sessions||Himself||documentary; also director|
|2002||Getting Out||short film; composer|
|2004||A Brokedown Melody||Himself||documentary; also director|
|2017||The Smog of the Sea||Himself||documentary; composer|
|ESPN Film Festival||2000||Adobe Highlight Award||Won|
|ESPN Action, Sports & Music Awards||2001||Surfing's Music Artist of the Year||Won|
|ESPN Action, Sports & Music Awards||2002||Surfing's Music Artist of the Year||Won|
|ESPN Action, Sports & Music Awards||2005||Best Video Woodie – Live Action (Best Live Action Video)||Nominated|
|ESPN Action, Sports & Music Awards||2005||Road Woodie (Best Tour)||Nominated|
|Surfer Magazine||2000||2000 Video of the Year Award||Won|
|Satellite Awards||2006||Best Original Song (from movie "Curious George")||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards Japan||2006||Best Male Video||Nominated|
|Meteor Ireland Music Awards||2006||Best International Male||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||2006||Best Male Pop Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||2006||Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals||Nominated|
|ECHO Awards||2006||International Pop/Rock Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|ECHO Awards||2007||International Pop/Rock Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|ECHO Awards||2009||Best International Male Artist (Bester Kunstler International Rock/Pop)||Nominated|
|Brit Awards||2006||Best International Male Solo Artist||Nominated|
|Brit Awards||2006||International Breakthrough Artist||Won|
|Brit Awards||2007||Best International Male Solo Artist||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||2011||Top Rock Album||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||2011||Top Alternative Album||Nominated|
|Billboard Touring Awards||2010||Humanitarian Award||Won|
|ASCAP Pop Music Awards||2003||ASCAP College Vanguard Award||Won|
|National Wildlife Foundation (NWF)||2012||National Conservation Achievement Award in Communications||Won|
Yea, all the buses are on biodiesel. We’re doing this new community - I don’t know what you’d call it. It’s connected to our website and called “All At Once,” which is a song on the album. At every show on this tour, we’ll have a collection of booths called The Village Green. The idea is really from Zach Gill’s wife and my wife, they’re really working on it. They’re reaching out to nonprofits in every town, and we’re having them at our shows
"At or with Me" is a song by American singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. It is the second single from his fifth studio album, To the Sea.Better Together (Jack Johnson song)
Better Together is a song written and performed by Jack Johnson. As well as being the first track on Johnson's album In Between Dreams, which was released in February 2005, "Better Together" was released as a single in January 2006. It charted at #24 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, a live version from the En Concert live album was released as a single in 2009, peaking at #23 on the Mediabase Triple A chart. It was also included in a Cuban remix of the song which was included in Rhythms del Mundo. An edited version of Better Together featuring a ukulele was included in the album, The Mango Tree.
The song samples from the Hoagy Carmichael song Heart and Soul.
The song was chosen by Rob Brydon as one of his Desert Island Discs. and sung by him while as his portrayal of Bryn in Gavin & Stacey in the second season's finale.Breakdown (Jack Johnson song)
"Breakdown" is a song written by Jack Johnson, Dan Nakamura & Paul Huston and sung by Jack Johnson. It is the eleventh track on the album In Between Dreams which was released in February 2005. It was released as a single in September 2005. The video features Jack Johnson surfing in Pichilemu, Chile. The single peaked at #73 in the United Kingdom.
The song was originally featured on the A Brokedown Melody soundtrack. Johnson confessed it was written in a train between Paris and Hossegor, a famous surf spot in France.
A remix of the song was produced by the hip-hop duo Handsome Boy Modeling School (Nakamura & Huston). It is a more upbeat version of the original song, and was featured on their 2004 album, White People.Flake (song)
"Flake" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It is Johnson's debut single and was released as the only single from his album Brushfire Fairytales. "Flake" features Ben Harper on Weissenborn slide guitar and Tommy Jordan on steel drums."Flake" was a minor success for Johnson in the United States, becoming his first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 73 and peaking at number one on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart. It was a major success in New Zealand, reaching number six and becoming the sixth highest-selling song of 2003. It remains Johnson's sole top-ten hit and his most successful single there. "Flake" has become a popular song in Johnson's live performances and still garners radio airplay.Good People (song)
"Good People" is a protest song written and performed by Jack Johnson. It is the fourth track on the album In Between Dreams and was released as a single in June 2005. Though the song has a positive and relaxing sound, it is a critic of contemporary television, especially with regard to frequent violence, and its effect on society. The song is similar to the song "Cookie Jar" from Johnson's previous album On and On, which also draws attention to the issue, but with a more explicit protest and melancholic sound.Hope (Jack Johnson song)
"Hope" is the second official single from American musician Jack Johnson's album Sleep Through the Static.
It was released in May 2008 as a digital download.I Got You (Jack Johnson song)
"I Got You" is a song by American musician Jack Johnson and is the lead single from his 2013 album "From Here to Now to You". The song was released on June 10, 2013.If I Had Eyes
"If I Had Eyes" is the first single from Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson's album Sleep Through the Static. It was released exclusively on Brushfirerecords.com November 29. The official iTunes single was released on December 11, 2007.
The track features more electric guitar work, similar to that on his On and On album. The track is a mix of acoustic, jazz, and blues. Lyrically, the song expresses the sad breakup of a long-term relationship.Radiate (Jack Johnson song)
"Radiate" is a song by American musician Jack Johnson from his 2013 album From Here to Now to You. The song is the second single from the album, and was released on September 16, 2013.Shot Reverse Shot (song)
"Shot Reverse Shot" is a song by American musician Jack Johnson from his 2013 album From Here to Now to You. The song is the third and final single from the album, and was released on December 23, 2013.Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It is the sixth song on the album In Between Dreams, which was released in February 2005. It was released as a single in March 2005.
The music video features reverse narration, similar to Coldplay's video for "The Scientist". The song was inspired by one of his friends' pursuit of a woman.The single, "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" only became a chart hit in the United Kingdom after the re-release climbed into the Top 75 following Jack Johnson's exposure on the 2006 BRIT Awards on ITV1. The single climbed to hit status a week before the release of "Better Together". Both the original release and indeed the re-issue had failed to chart until this point. However, the single was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan ceremony in 2006. On March 4, 2011 the song was covered by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem for the cover segment on the alternative Australian radio station Triple J called Like A VersionSleep Through the Static (song)
"Sleep Through the Static" is third single from American singer/songwriter Jack Johnson's third studio album Sleep Through the Static.
The track features a short melodic opening played on a melodica with drums, electric guitar and bass following. The song features some complex lyrics, with a blues feeling and the representative Jack Johnson's groove.
Johnson implied in an interview with National Public Radio that the song was made to protest the Iraq War.Sunsets for Somebody Else
"Sunsets for Somebody Else" is a song by American singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. The song is the second single from the album All the Light Above It Too, and was released on August 3, 2017. The song currently has over 34 million streams on Spotify.Taylor (song)
"Taylor" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It was the third single from his album On and On. Ben Stiller is featured in the extended version of the music video for the song.
It peaked at No. 33 in New Zealand and No. 27 in Australia.The Horizon Has Been Defeated
"The Horizon Has Been Defeated" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It was released as the second single from his album On and On.
The single reached No. 43 in the New Zealand RIANZ chart and No. 31 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.Upside Down (Jack Johnson song)
"Upside Down" is a song written, co-produced, and performed by Jack Johnson for the film Curious George. It is the first track and first single from the album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George, which was released in February 2006.Willie Got Me Stoned
Willie Got Me Stoned (also sometimes referred as Willie Got Me Stoned and Stole All of my Money) is a song by American musician Jack Johnson from the Deluxe Edition of the 2017 album All the Light Above It Too. The song was released on April 20, 2018, and was the fifth single from the album.You Can't Control It
"You Can't Control It" is a song by American musician Jack Johnson from his 2017 album All the Light Above It Too. The song was released on August 25, 2017, and is the third single from the album. The song was written about the pollution in the ocean and on beaches.You and Your Heart
"You and Your Heart" is a song by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson and is the lead single from his fifth studio album, To the Sea. The song was released to radio in early April 2010,
and was released via download on April 6. In Canada, the song premiered on CKOI-FM in Montreal on April 1, 2010.
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