Singer Jack Johnson
BIRTHDAY: May 18, 1975
AGE: 38 years old
OCCUPATIONS: Singer-songwriter, musician, record label owner, pro surfer
INSTRUMENTS: Vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano,drums, Sitar
Jack Johnson is Singer and guitarist popular on the college rock circuit who has had several hits, including “Flake,” “Better Together,” and “Banana Pancakes.
He achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released five more albums, a number of EPs and surfing movies/soundtracks. He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival. Notable songs from Johnson’s repertoire include “Upside Down”; “Flake”; “I Got You”; “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”; “If I Had Eyes”; “You and Your Heart”; “Taylor”; “Better Together; “Good People”; and “Breakdown.”
Before fame he graduated with a degree in film from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was inspired to pursue music after listening to Jimi Hendrix.
At 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth; this later became the inspiration for the song “Drink the Water”.
In 2006 he was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
He married Kim Johnson on July 22, 2000 and they had one child together.
Though musically quite different, Bob Dylan is one of Johnson’s inspirations.