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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Jack & Jack arrive at Los Angeles International (LAX) airport

Jack & Jack and Jack Johnson - Jack & Jack arrive at Los Angeles International (LAX) airport at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th March 2015

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46th NAACP Image Awards

Jack Johnson - A host of stars were photographed on arrival to the 46th NAACP Image Awards which were presented by TV One and held at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015

Experience Sun, Sand And Sensational Sounds At Hangout Festival 2014


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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.

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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'


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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


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.

Jack Johnson - Live Review

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 performs in Netherlands

Jack Johnson - Jack Johnson performs to a sold-out crowd at Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Saturday 7th September 2013

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


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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.

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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


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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


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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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Mumford And Sons Pull Out Of Bonnaroo Set Amidst Blood-Clot Drama


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Popular alt-folk pansies Mumford And Sons had kept their fan's hopes up that they would be able to perform their headlining set at this year's Bonnaroo despite the recent news that bassist Ted Dwane has had to receive treatment this week for a blood clot on his brain. On the day before the performance though (June 14) the band decided, with a heavy heart, that they couldn't go ahead with the performance with Ted in his current state and the band have had to pull out of their scheduled performance.

The band took to their Facebook page to say that their 'Summer Stampede Tour' has come to a premature end, announcing the cancellation of the weekend set and two other sets the band were supposed to perform at before the summer is over. The statement from the band began on a positive note, saying that Ted had been discharged from the hospital and was well on his way to recovery, however the tone of the statement soon shifted as the band announced their plans to pull out of the planned performances at Bonnaroo, as well as Telluride Festival and a solo show at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas, rather than simply find a replacement bassist.

The statement went on to read, after detailing the decision to drop out of the planned shows and tell fans that Ted is getting better; "On behalf of Ted, and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can."

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Jack Johnson, To The Sea Album Review


Hawaiian, film maker, surfer. And a musician creating material to reflect this. You can't mistake the sound of Jack Johnson for anybody else, the fact that it epitomises the feeling of long summer days and chilled out evenings, makes him a pleasure to listen to.

To The Sea is the sixth studio album from Jack Johnson. Whilst his music style and creations have never been anything to shock or break his mould, this album is perhaps more 'rocky' than previous ones. There's a predominant sway towards guitar riffs, full band work, and just having a jam in a chilled out way.

Tracks such as 'Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology', and 'At Me Or With Me' were a pleasant surprise. It's also not hard to see why 'You and Your Heart' was chosen as the first single release from this album.

Like stories for children, the narratives of tracks give you snippets of things he has learnt along the way. Offering a sense of escapism from the bad news of the word around you, what can be so bad about that?

The pure joy and pleasure he gets from writing and performing is evident from the start. A guy who appears to be doing what makes him happy, rather than being driven by money. Yes, a tour of this album will make a decent profit, but it's all going to charities to help the environment! What a nice guy. This album is about relaxing and just enjoying yourself - You won't be disappointed.

4/5

Laura Johnstone

Picture - Jack Johnson Jersey City, New Jersey, Sunday 10th August 2008

Jack Johnson Sunday 10th August 2008 All Points West Music and Arts Festival at Liberty State Park - Day 3 Jersey City, New Jersey

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Jack Johnson

Date of birth

18th May, 1975

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.80