Jack Johnson Tickets

Introduction

The Birth name of Jack Johnson is Jack Hody Johnson. He is famous for being a Singer-songwriter, musician, filmmaker, surfer and a record label owner. He was born on May 18, 1975 and he is from North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, United States. He has achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales in 2001. He has since released four more albums and a number of EPs. His music is best described as acoustic/soft rock.

Background Information

Jack Johnson was a son of a famous surfer in the islands, Jeff Johnson. He had thus had a natural interest in surfing. He began with surfing at the age of 5. Johnson suffered a surfing accident when he was 17. While recovering from the accident, he acquired an interest in music. He attended Kahuku High School on the North Shore of Oahu. Johnson began writing songs during his college years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, having played the guitar since 14.

Introduction to music

Although that is what most people believe that he changed from a surfer to an artist accidentally but he has something else to say. In a recent Rolling Stone cover story (March 6, 2008) he stated that it actually happened a week before in the finals of the trials of the Pipeline Masters at Sunset Beach on Oahu. At the age of 17 he became the youngest competitor to ever reach the finals. Jack was eventually disqualified after failing to catch three waves. Jack realized that the competitiveness was too much for him, "guys were ready to kill each other to catch the next wave," Johnson remembers.

The accident allowed time for Jack to start on his new passions, the guitar and making music. He stated about the accident, "I like to joke that I hit my head so hard that that's why I'm so mellow, but I think it did mellow me out." While he was recovering in bed, he spent his time writing songs and playing guitar. However, Johnson didn't seriously pursue a career in the arts until his college years at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While in school, he met his wife Kim, for whom the song Do You Remember is written. Johnson also played rhythm guitar for the party band "Soil," and graduated with a degree in film.

Influences

He was brought up with influences such as Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Ben Harper, The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Sublime, and A Tribe Called Quest. One day G. Love was introduced to Jack for a day of surfing and ended up recording Jack's song "Rodeo Clowns" for his last album Philadelphonic. It became the first single from the album and Jack sang and played on the track. His four-track demo caught the ears of Ben Harper's producer and right-hand man, J. P. Plunier, who worked with Jack on his debut album Brushfire Fairytales in early 2001 with Harper and his lap steel guitar making a guest appearance. He has two sons, one being named Michael Johnson.

Band members

Jack Johnson's band is composed of he himself as acoustic guitar, Adam Topol on drums, Merlo Podlewski as bass guitar and Zach Gill on piano and melodica.

Albums

The famous albums on his credit are "Brushfire Fairytales" (2001), "On and On" (2003), "In Between Dreams" (2005) and "Sleep Through the Static" (2008).

Soundtracks and EPs

The wonderful soundtracks given by this talented man are "Thicker than Water" in 2000, "Out Cold" in 2001, September Sessions Pirate Looks At 40 and F-Stop Blues in 2002, Curious George in 2005, Some Live Songs EP in 2005, Sprout in 2005, Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, A Brokedown Melody Let It Be Sung Home in 2006, and "I'm Not There" in 2007.