Jack Johnson

  • 07 March 2005

Date of birth

18th May, 1975







Jack Johnson (born 18.5.1975)

Jack Johnson is a musician and filmmaker, born in Hawaii. His Sleep Through The Static album was his breakthrough success, having found a slow-growing notoriety up until that point.

Jack Johnson Childhood

As a child, Jack Johnson was a keen surfer, beginning to surf at the age of five and loving to surf with his best friend, Ben Schomer. Aged 17, Johnson became the youngest ever surfer to be invited to the Pipeline trial and make the finals. At the event though, he suffered a serious accident whilst surfing. His front teeth were knocked out and he required over 100 stitches. During his recovery, his interest in music began to grow, although he had played the guitar since he was a small boy.

When he had graduated from Kahuku School in Oahu, Jack Johnson attended the University of California. There, he began to write songs, influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Nick Drake. The musician G. Love met Johnson whilst surfing and the pair ended up recording Johnson's song 'Rodeo Clowns', for G. Love's album Philadelphonic.

Johnson later recorded a four-track demo, which came to the attention of J.P. Plunier, who had previously produced the singer songwriter Ben Harper.

Jack Johnson: Music Career

Johnson's debut album was released in 2001. Brushfire Fairytales became an underground hit. Johnson's music became especially popular amongst globe-trotters and beach-sport enthusiasts.

2003's On and On found him compared to 'mellow' acoustic artists of the 1970s, such as Donovan.

In 2005, Jack Johnson released In Between Dreams. Although Johnson's popularity was gradually beginning to spread, the songwriter was far from being a critical darling, with some music writers criticizing his faux-Caribbean singing accent.

In 2006, Jack Johnson released the soundtrack to the children's film Curious George. The album included a cover of 'We Are Going To Be Friends' by the White Stripes.

2008's Sleep Through the Static has been hailed as Johnson's crossover album. His touring keyboard player, Zach Gill played on the tracks; a departure from Johnson's usual guitar, bass and drums set-up.

Johnson's music has been used to advertise the BBC's Politics Show and in 2008, The Beastie Boys chose Johnson to perform with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Santogold and Norah Jones on the 'Get Out And Vote' tour, aimed at encouraging people to vote in the US elections.

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 08 August 2018

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From 'Happy' to 'Banana Pancakes', these are soaked in positivity.

It's hard enough getting through a working week without the struggle of choosing some appropriate tunes to help you stay motivated. Thus, we've taken the liberty of putting together our own ultimate happy playlist that is sure to keep you smiling for the rest of the week.

Image caption Pharrell at the Latin Grammy Awards

1. Pharrell Williams - Happy
This was released for the 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack in 2013 and featured on his second album 'Girl'. This Diamond certified tune was Pharrell's only solo number one, winning two Grammys and becoming the eighth highest selling single of all time in the UK. And there's a good reason for that; it's the happiest song to be written since 'If You're Happy and You Know It'.

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Jack Johnson's Last Year Inspired New Album 'All The Light Above It Too'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 18 July 2017

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The album will be released in September.

Jack Johnson is on the way with his highly anticipated seventh studio album entitled 'All The Light Above It Too'. It will be released in the Fall following his summer North American dates and he has already released the lead single 'My Mind Is For Sale'.

Image caption Jack Johnson performing live

The environment-loving Hawaiian singer has been inspired by all the events of the last year on his latest album, which explores everything from politics to climate change. He recorded 'All The Light Above It Too' at his Mango Tree Studio in Hawaii, finishing with the help of producer Robbie Lackritz and his bandmates.

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Jack Johnson performing on stage during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 held at Monterey County Fairgrounds - Monterey, California, United States - Saturday 17th June 2017

Jack and Jack, (Jack Johnson and Jack Galinsky) seen entering the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 24th September 2016

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Experience Sun, Sand And Sensational Sounds At Hangout Festival 2014

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 16 May 2014

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The Black Keys, The Killers and Outkast are among this year's headliners at Hangout.

Alabama's sun-soaked, sold-out Hangout Music Fest begins officially today (May 16th 2014) following yesterday's kick-off party - and there's almost too much fun to take in.

Set against the glorious backdrop of Gulf Shores' pure white beaches, this festival truly is the place to 'hang out' this weekend with top headliners The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast and Jack Johnson leading the talent-studded bill. Acts such as Jack Antonoff's latest project Bleachers, CLASSIXX and Bonobo's DJ set went down a storm at the Discover Great Thursday Kickoff Party, but don't worry if you missed it because things are getting even better over the rest of the weekend.

Image caption Headliners The Black Keys open the festival today

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Jack Johnson Reaches Billboard 200 Top Spot With 'From Here To Now To You'

By Nick Hill in Music / Festivals on 26 September 2013

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Jack Johnson reaches No.1 on the Billboard 200 for the 3rd consecutive time.

Singer/song-writer Jack Johnson debuts his new album 'From Here To Now To You' at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts, making this his 4th album to reach the top spot.

According to Neilson SounScan the Hawaiian singer's latest set sold 117,000 copies in its first week after been released on September 17th. This marks his third consecutive No.1 alum following the success of 2010's 'To The Sea' and 2008's 'Sleep Through The Static'.

However 'From Here To Now To You' marks his lowest selling album since debuting with 2001's 'Brushfire Fairytales' which opened with less than 1,000 copies.

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Jack Johnson - The Lowry, Salford September 2013 Live Review

By Harry Hawcroft in Music Reviews on 19 September 2013

There are very few artists who could make a Greater Manchester theatre such as The Lowry feel like an intimate social club, yet the down-to-earth honesty and minimalistic style that Jack Johnson has adopted creates a sense of peaceful harmony that does just that.

Salford associated artist L.S. Lowry would be proud of the venue's artistic architecture with its impressive glass designs and high ceilings surrounding the impressive Lyric Theatre, and the 1,730 padded seats that create the perfect laid back atmosphere which the music caters to.

A spotlight illuminates the seemingly empty stage to reveal three guitars as a remarkably ordinary looking man dressed in a T-shirt and jeans walks into view. The long build-up to reveal just a single man and a guitar could've been a let-down, however the surfer-turned-musician soon sends the crowd into an excited buzz as he addresses them with his latest single 'I Got You'.

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Jack Johnson Announces Us/Uk 2013 Fall Headline Tour

Posted on 19 June 2013


Jack Johnson Announces 2013 Tour To Coincide With His New Album 'From Here To Now To You'

By Elinor Cosgrave in Music / Festivals on 18 June 2013

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Jack Johnson has announced the dates for his upcoming tour. It will begin in London on 5th September, performing in Netherlands, Germany and France before heading to the US. After 19 performances in various US cities, the singer will end his tour at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.

Jack Johnson's announcement could not have come at a better time. The 'Better Together' singer appeared at the Bonnaroo festival, in Tennessee, at the weekend. Johnson replaced British folk band Mumford And Sons on Sunday. The band had to pull out as their bassist Ted Dwane had recently undergone brain surgery to remove a blood clot. He dedicated the two hour set to the band, playing his own version of one of their hits 'The Cave'.

Johnson was praised for his last-minute performance. His 'calm and collected' attitude and his gentle humour in the face of difficulties have made him the critic's favourite.

All proceeds from the tour will go to charity, something Johnson has done for every one of his tours since 2008. The charity All at Once, set up by Johnson 5 years ago, supports projects worldwide including relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Other projects include supporting the efforts of 75 separate community groups hoping to find ways of living sustainably in some of the world's poorest countries.

From Here to Now to You is Johnson's sixth studio album. It is due to be released 17th September 2013 and tickets for certain tour dates are available to online.

Image caption Jack Johnson performing at 2006 Brit Awards.

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"Bear With A Sore Head": Mumford & Sons' Ted Dwayne Is Home After Blood Clot

By Lauren James in Music / Festivals on 18 June 2013

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Ted Dwayne, bassist with folk band Mumford & Sons, is on the mend after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from the surface of his brain.

After being hospitalised with a blood clot on his brain that required immediate surgery, bassist Ted Dwayne posted a message on the band's website on Monday (17th June), reassuring fans and thanking them for their support under the headline 'A Message From Ted', reading "Bear with a sore head! Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working! I'm home. Ted xx"

Mumford & Sons have been forced to cancel several US performances as a result of Ted's condition: "It is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals, and our show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS.", due to medical advice stating that Ted needs time to recover before the quartet hit the road again.

US acoustic singer, Jack Johnson had stepped in to take their place at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival.

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Jack Johnson Replaces Mumford And Sons At Bonnaroo Festival

By Elinor Cosgrave in Music / Festivals on 17 June 2013

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Mumford and Sons were forced to pull out of the Bonnaroo Festival following concern for bassist Ted Dwane's health. Dwane has recently undergone surgery to remove a blood clot. Jack Johnson stepped in to fill their two hour slot at the Tennessee festival.

Jack Johnson stepped in at the last minute to cover Mumford and Son's slot. Not only did the singer have to find a band, learn a whole host of new and old and quickly practise, he also made the time to compose a short acoustic song about the festival.

The four day festival which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee was first held in 2002 and has been hugely popular and influential. Johnson has a history with the festival, having performed at the first one and headlined in 2008. Johnson was, conveniently, already at the Bonaroo Festival when he received a call on Thursday (13th June 2013) as he was appearing as a special guest, performing alongside Animal Liberation Orchestra.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said he was expecting 'a train wreck' owing to the short time he had in which to prepare. Johnson has recently been out of the limelight, working on his new album entitled 'From Here To Now To You', due to be released on 17th September. The singer paid homage to the British folk band, singing his version of 'The Cave' which was greeted with vast audience participation and applause.

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