Over the years Jack Johnson has become one of the heralded musicians in the soft rock and acoustic genres. He is no stranger to topping the charts especially with 7 albums under his belt. Besides entertainment, he is also very passionate about the environment and alternative, renewable energy. He created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation with his wife which supports environmental, art, and music education worldwide.
More so, the musician has gone on to explore several other aspects of the entertainment industry. He is a notable documentary film director who has also been featured in a handful of films that are mainly centered on music and surfing.
Jack Johnson’s Early Career Pursuit Was To Become A Surfer
Jack Johnson was born on the 18th of May, 1975 to Jeff and Patti Johnson in North Shore, Hawaii. Due to the availability of surfer beaches and the fact that his father was also a surfer, Jack began surfing as early as 4 years old. He attended Kahuku High School and then completed his education at the University of California in Santa Barbara where he graduated with a B.A in Film Studies.
He maintained his passion for surfing, becoming the youngest surfer ever to make it to the biggest surfing event of all time called Pipeline Masters. Unfortunately, it was at this same event, where his surfing career peaked, that he was involved in an accident that required no less than 150 stitches. Jack Johnson also lost a few teeth in the incident and this put an end to his career as a professional surfer.
He Is A Successful Film Director
After graduating from college, Jack who could no longer Surf professionally traveled extensively with his old surfing pals and filmed their exploits on the waves wherever they went. The footage shot resulted in the surfing documentary Thicker Than Water (2000) which covered areas in Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, India, and Ireland. The blend of shooting a film with an undertone of guitar sounds gave the documentary a unique touch and for his work, he won the Surfer Magazine Award for the year 2000.
His next documentary was The September Sessions (2002) which also centered on surfing and music. It featured Johnson’s friends Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, and others surfing at the coast of Sumatra. This time around, the surfing documentary included commentaries of other surfers as well as exciting antics like bodysurfing, nose walks, and river surfing. Jack also directed the 2004 surfing documentary, A Brokedown Melody for which he provided the soundtracks like in the other two.
He Has Several Acting Credits To His Name
Although Jack has not been trained as an actor, the musician has gone on to explore his potentials in that field. His first role was in the 1999 romantic comedy titled, Nice Guys Sleep Alone. He was featured as Woody in the movie that later became the first Netflix exclusive.
A couple of years later, Johnson and his band would go on to feature in the 2001 stoner comedy film, Out Cold. He also composed some short films that haven’t done so bad which include: Getting Out which was released in 2002, the 2003 film, 12, and the documentary, The Smog of the Sea which he composed and featured as himself.
Music Still Remains Jack Johnson’s Power House
In 1999, Jack’s first big break came in the form of his song, ‘Rodeo Clowns‘. He wrote and contributed vocals to this song and it became the most famous song on alternative hip-hop band, G. Love’s album. After touring the nation in the first half of the year, Jack returned to the studio in late 2002 and released his second album named, ‘On and On‘ the following year in 2003.
He would later drop 5 albums between 2003 and 2017 to critical acclaim. ‘In Between Dreams’ was first heard in 2005, ‘Sleep Through the Static’ was released in 2008, ‘To the Sea’ came out in 2010, ‘From Here to Now to You ‘was a 2013 album, and in 2017, ‘All the Light Above It Too’ was released.
With several chart-topping songs from his album, Jack has been a recipient of several awards including the ESPN Film Festival, two ESPN Action, Sports & Music Awards, Brit Awards amongst several other prestigious awards. The talented musician is also notable as a two-time Grammy and Billboard Music Awards nominee.
Jack Johnson Continues To Contribute His Voice And Resources To Several Charity Causes That Are Dear To Him
Probably due to the way he was raised, Jack has always been passionate about environmentalism and sustainability with a focus on the world’s oceans. In 2008, Jack Johnson and his wife Kim established the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, a global non-profit charity that supports environmental, art, and music education. They already co-founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation in 2003 with the goal to promote the protection of the island state’s fragile environment through educational efforts in schools.
Johnson believes being outdoor can help curb the growing drug problems among youths as kids who surf do not need drugs. Johnson and his family work hard all year round organizing concerts and festivals to raise money for causes they feel are most important. In 2008, Johnson adopted the concept of greening (reduce, reuse, recycle) and would not allow any disposable cutleries in his concerts.
At the start of the 2011 Tōhoku devastating earthquake in Japan, Jack was on his way to the Sea 2010 World Tour with his family. He had to postpone the tour and ended up donating $50,000 to support the victims of the earthquake. In 2012, Jack also raised $50,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief and added links on his website for others to donate. His philanthropy coupled with his love for the environment no doubt earned him new fans.
Jack Johnson Is Married To His College Sweetheart
It’s almost hard to believe that this illustrious man is married with kids! Jack met Kim Baker as a freshman at the University of California, Santa Barbara in September 1993. Jack was smitten and they soon began to date. The duo dated through college before getting married in July 2000.
One of the reasons their love and relationship has flourished over the years is because they share several common interests and Jack has shared that Kim has a better taste in music than him. She has also been his co-writer for all his songs asides from his love songs which are mostly written on a whim.
Kim who was a Maths major at UCSB went ahead to get her masters in teaching from the same institution. She starting teaching at Dos Pueblos High School. Together, they raise their 3 kids; 2 sons and a daughter in Hawaii where they also grew up and they have exposed them to loads of outdoor playtime. However, Jack and Kim have decided to live their lives largely away from the spotlight and won’t share many details about their family and children.