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About  Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres.

Early Life

Jack Johnson is the son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, and was born and raised in the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, where he learned 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. However, his surfing career ended a week later when he suffered a surfing accident that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth. Jack Johnson attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he played rhythm guitar for the band Soil.

Career Beginnings

While playing for the band Soil, Jack Johnson befriended Zach Gills from the band Django Reinhardt. The band released a CF than made Django a favorite band of the Isla Vista party scene at UCSB. While Soil was still in the area, Johnson opened for then relatively unknown acts such as Sublime and Dave Matthews, with far from sold out crowds at the venues they performed at. However, this allowed Johnson to get his name out within the music industry.

Jack Johnson Discography

Bushfire Fairytales (2001) - The primary musicians are Johnson (vocals/guitar/piano), Adam Topol (drums/percussion) and Merlo Podlewski (bass). The album went certified platinum by the RIAA, selling over one million copies.

On and On (2003) - Adol Topol played the drums and percussion while Merlo Podlewski played bass guitar. Critics gave mostly favorable reviews of the album and praised its mellow yet meaningful sound. The most popular song on On and On is titled “Taylor”. At its peak, the album reached the number three spot on the Billboard Top 200 and went certified platinum by the RIAA.

In Between Dreams (2005) - On this album, Johnson added folk and acoustic rock genres, which led critics to give mixed reviews. At its peak, the album hit the number two spot on both the US Top Internet Albums and the Billboard Top 200. Additionally, In Between Dreams went certified platinum by the RIAA.

Sleep Through the Static (2008) - The first single on the album, “If I Had Eyes”, was the most popular song on the album, which was released via Johnson’s Myspace page on December 17, 2007. The album touched upon the genres of folk rock and soft rock and received mostly unenthusiastic reviews by professional critics. However, Sleep Through the Static did exceptionally well commercially, debuting at number one on both the Billboard Top 200 and the Worldwide Chart. Additionally, the album received platinum status in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

From Here to Now to You (2013) - The single “I Got You” was the most popular song featured on the album, which debuted earlier on June 10, 2013. Critically, From Here to Now to You received more favorable reviews than his previous album, Sleep Through the Static. Commercially, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Canadian Albums chart the US Billboard Digital Albums chart, Top Rock Albums chart, Alternative Albums chart, and Folk Albums chart.

All the Light Above It Too (2017) - The album consisted primarily of folk and surf rock music, and the most popular song was “My Mind is For Sale”, which is about Donald Trump. Critical reception was mostly favorable, and often cited that it presented a well-crafted combination of his slower and newer style, but was criticized for its overly political themes. At its peak, the album reached the number five spot on the Billboard Top 200 and the number two spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums.

Personal Highlights

Johnson is active in environmentalism and sustainability often with a focus on the world’s oceans. Johnson and his wife created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Additionally, Jack Johnson donated the proceeds from the 2010 To the Sea album tour to All At Once, a Johnson backed collaborative of greening charities promoting fan involvement.

Jack Johnson Tickets

Jack Johnson has recently added new shows to his All the Light Above It Too tour. Resuming on August 28 in Phoenix, the tour will make stops in Las Vegas, Snowmass, Colorado, and conclude on April 21 in Roseville, Austria. If none of those dates work for you, it is expected that even more will be added. It is expected to be a great show, so make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!

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