JACK JOHNSON FACTS:
Genre: Surf, Acoustic, soft rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Hometown: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
Awards: 1 Brit Award
Albums: Brushfire Fairytales (2001); On and On (2003); In Between Dreams (2005); Sleep Through the Static (2008); To the Sea (2010)
Hits: "Flake", "Bubble Toes", "Upside Down", "Taylor", "Wasting Time", "Better Together", "Banana Pancakes", "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
Other: Jacks first album was co-produced by Ben Harper.
The dulcet tones of Jack Johnson crooning over a soft acoustic guitar accompany many a summer gathering, and since he broke into the business in 2001, he has provided fans with a wealth of mellow songs to relax to.
Johnson began his professional career not as a musician, but as a surfer. The Hawai'i native turned pro at the young age of 17, but a tragic accident that left him needing more than 150 stitches ended his career before it really took off. After graduation from University of California, Santa Barbara, he met musician G. Love, who then featured Johnson on his 1999 album. It was not soon after that Johnson released his 2001 debut Brushfire Fairytales, which was an immediate success.
Brushfire Fairytales featured a number of hits, but "Flake" and "Bubble Toes" have remained staples of Johnson's repertoire when he performs today. He did not waste much time recording a follow-up album and released On and On in 2003. His sophomore effort was just as successful - it reached number three on the Billboard 200, and featured such classic tunes as "Taylor" and "Wasting Time."
Although both Brushfire Fairytales and On and On were both critical and commercial success, his third album, In Between Dreams, is arguably his most popular to date. The album, which was released in 2005, includes the famous tracks "Better Together," "Banana Pancakes," and "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," and climbed all the way to number two on the charts. The album also heavily featured accordion virtuoso Zach Gill, who has continued to tour with Johnson.
His fourth album, Sleep Through The Static, was released in 2008, and was recorded using 100 percent solar energy at a studio in Los Angeles. Johnson recently released his most recent creation, To The Sea, in June.
Johnson has also dabbled in film. Along with directing a surfing documentary, Thicker Than Water, and starring in the 2002 movie The September Sessions, Johnson recorded the soundtrack for 2006's Curious George. The album featured a number of original songs, including the popular "Upside Down," as well as some covers, like The White Stripe's "We're Going To Be Friends."