The proverbial path through pulsating Pacific waves was paved for young Jack Johnson by way of biology. His father is the very-popular surfer Jeff Johnson, who carved up the North Shore of a Oahu throughout the 1960s and 70s before giving birth to one of the most important and talented folk rock musicians of the modern era.
Young Jack first took to the waves near his home at the age of five, and he became the youngest ever entrant into the finals of the Pipeline Masters in the early-90s. Graduating from a popular local a Oahu high school in 1993, he hopped the pond and went to school at the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in the study of film.
While Johnson has continued to dabble in film in the years since, he has carved out a name for himself in folk music, which is recognized around the globe. The man now in his early-40s got a break in the final year of the 20th century, when he did backup vocals and got a writing credit on a very popular song written by G. Love. Ben Harper, a fellow down-two-Earth folk rocker, recognized the talents of young Johnson just after the turn-of-the-century, and the man born in Hawaii quickly made Los Angeles his new home.
In 2001, Johnson released his initial studio album, entitled Brushfire Fairytales. On an On came in 2003, and In Between Dreams came in 2005. He clearly possesses a deep island and beach influence after having grown up immersed in the culture.
Johnson has found a way to infuse beach music with folk rock, reggae, hip-hop and a collection of other noteworthy styles. Known for making cataclysmically depressing concepts come to life with happiness and vivaciousness, the multi-talented musician puts on live performances that entertain all fans in attendance.
His most recent CD was released late last year, and it brought his studio total to six. It immediately shot to #1 on the US Billboard charts and in several foreign countries. Johnson has received a multitude of distinguished awards over the years, highlighted by nominations for the Best Male Pop Vocalist and the best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2006.
Billboard awarded Johnson with a Top Rock Album nomination in 2011, and the National Wildlife Foundation bestowed the honor of National Conservation Achievement Award upon Johnson back in 2012.
Although a studio album has not dropped in nearly 4 years, Johnson recently released a single that will be the centerpiece of a powerful documentary exploring the extreme pollution of the Pacific Ocean. Sadly, hundreds if not thousands of different types of plastics get discarded in the beautiful and gigantic body of water each year, ending up swirling in its unstoppable currents.
Indeed, the 42-year-old artist is going to have a giant 2017. A new studio album, a sizable North American romp and renewed efforts in several extremely valuable and meaningful global causes are in motion. Now is the time for all Jack Johnson fans to make the moves to secure affordable concert tickets.
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