With his expertise in the entertainment industry as a singer/songwriter, actor, documentary filmmaker, and record producer many find it surprising when they learn that one of the 21st-century kings of beachside pop/rock, Jack Johnson was a former professional surfer. Are you surprised too? Yes, the Hawaiian native, began chasing waves when he was very small and by the time he was seventeen, he was an outstanding and a well-known athlete on the Banzai Pipeline (surf reef break in Hawai).
Johnson has always had an interest in other things than surfing – especially in music and acting and after he sustained a very serious injury during his first professional surfing competition, he began paying more attention to his other talents and hobbies. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in 1997 with a B.A. in Film Studies, he went full time into music; in addition to singing, Jack also wrote songs and his first five albums were major hits that all climbed to platinum status.
Jack was born in North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, on the 18th of May 1975. He attended Kahuku High School, Oahu and later the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he bagged a degree in Film Studies in 1997. Jack Hody Johnson started off as a surfer. Growing up in an area where surfing was common, it was normal for the youngster to develop an interest in the sport. Jack began chasing the waves as early as five years old.
At the age of 17, he became the youngest surfer to make it to the finals of one of the most prestigious surfing events, on Oahu’s North Shore – Pipeline Masters. This was, however, his last surfing event as a professional, this is due to a surfing accident he had during the competition that left him with not less than one hundred and fifty 150 stitches on his forehead. He also lost a few of his teeth in the accident which would later become an inspiration for one of his songs – Drink The Water.
After a surfing accident ended his surfing career, Jack decided to find a career amidst his hobbies, he first began with filmmaking and later music. He learned to play the guitar at the age of eight and began developing his songwriting skills at age twelve. While in college, Jack Johnson in collaboration with two of his friends (Emmett Malloy and Chris Malloy) produced a surfing based documentary entitled Thicker Than Water.
The documentary did not only showcase Johnson’s talent as a director and a songwriter, (as most of the soundtracks in the documentary were his tunes), Surfer magazine ranked it as Video of the Year. This also gave rise to Jack’s second surf flick entitled The September Sessions and he began getting notices for most of his songs – one of which was covered by Pennsylvania alternative hip-hop band G. Love & Special Sauce on their 1999 album – Philadelphonic. After this, he came up with a demo which caught the attention of French producer J.P. Plunier. Through, Plunier’s help, he released his debut album entitled Brushfire Fairytales in 2001.
Ben Harper, made a cameo appearance in the album and this sparked a friendship between the two singers and he would join Harper’s Innocent Criminals tour of the U.S. Jack went back to the studio in late 2002 after touring the country in the first half of the year and the next year (2003) he released his second album – On and On. Despite having so many similarities with his first album, One and One was also a huge success.
Jack has released five other albums between 2003 and 2017; namely In Between Dreams which came in 2005, two years after On and On, Sleep Through the Static came three years later (2008), To the Sea in 2010, From Here to Now to You in 2013 and his most recent album All the Light Above It Too was released in 2017.
His album In Between Dreams was at No. 2 on the chart in 2005 and reappeared again in 2013. Jack wrote the soundtrack Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the 2006 Film Curious George, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Jack Johnson’s Family: Wife (Kim Johnson), Children and Parents
Johnson is the son of legendary surfer, Jeff Johnson, this explains his love for the sea and waves from an early age. He is the youngest of his parents three children (all boys). His mom’s name is Patti Johnson.
Jack Johnson has been married to Kim Johnson since July 2000. The couple began dating since their college days before eventually tying the knots. They have three kids together (2 boys and a girl). The couple currently lives on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii with their children but they rarely talk about or release any personal information and details about their children.
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Johnson and Kim both founded the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation aimed at supporting environmental course as well as music art and music education around the world. They are also the founders of the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation through which he organizes concerts and music festivals to raise funds for causes they feel are important.
His Height and Lesser Known Facts
- The singer stands at a height of 5ft 9 in (1.8 m).
- Jack Johnson’s older brother Trent was the one who introduced him to music.
- Trent belonged to a band and Jack would always sneak into his room altering and playing the reverb of the guitar amplifier, with time, he learned to play the guitar on his own.