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Jack Johnson

Acoustic singer/songwriter from Hawaii

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A Quick Tip by crispy

  • Feb 17, 2010
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his songs but he's not very adventurous when it comes to originals.. they all sound pretty much the same :S
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Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Great chill background music. Not ideal for the car, imo, b/c most songs sound basically the same.
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
posted in Surf Herder
Knowing that Jack Johnson was a professional surfer before his music took off somehow makes his music even better to listen to.
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Before Jack Johnson became the 21st century kingpin of beachside pop/rock, he was a champion surfer on the professional route. The sport was second nature to the Hawaiian native, who began chasing waves as a toddler and, by the age of 17, had become an outstanding athlete on the Banzai Pipeline. However, Johnson was also testing other creative outlets -- specifically film and music -- and a serious surfing accident convinced him to devote more time to those landlocked hobbies. After studying cinematography in college, he turned his full attention to music, writing breezy pop songs punctuated by an unassuming voice and mellow, beach-bum demeanor. The combination proved to be particularly commercial, as Johnson's first five major-label albums all climbed to platinum status.

While studying film at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Johnson partnered with friends Chris Malloy and Emmett Malloy to produced a surfing documentary entitled Thicker Than Water. Although the project spotlighted Johnson's talent as a director, it also showcased his flair for songwriting, and the accompanying soundtrack featured several of his own tunes. Thicker Than Water was deemed 2000's Video of the Year by Surfer magazine and paved the way for a second surf flick, The September Sessions. Meanwhile, Johnson began receiving similar notice for his songs, one of which was covered by G. Love & Special Sauce on the band's 1999 album, Philadelphonic. Shortly thereafter, Johnson's demo ...

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