"Athlete, artist, musician, filmmaker… Jack Johnson is a legend.He is one of those people who is real on the first encounter, showing a fine example of a humble and well-mannered human being."--Surfer Magazine
Jack Johnson\'s name first intersected with the music scene at large when G-Love and Special Sauce chose his composition “Rodeo Clowns”to be the first single off 1999\'s Philadelphonic. “Rodeo Clowns," on which Johnson also performed, made an impressive impact at radio, further raising Jack\'s profile… but still only providing the music community with a glimpse of Jack\'s scope, talent and story.
Jack Johnson has long been a huge figure in a world parallel to our musical one as a world-renowned surfer. Having practically learned to surf as he learned to walk, the man has grown up on his board. Born and raised in Hawaii, Jack began surfing the universally revered and feared Pipeline at age 10. By17, he made the finals at the Pipe trials, becoming the youngest invitee ever to do so at the world\'s most prestigious surfing event.
Despite having scored a pro contract with Quiksilver before he was even out of high school, young Jack gravitated away from competition in favor of creativity. He left the island for the University of California at Santa Barbara, later graduating with a degree in film. He wasted no time in utilizing his cinematography skills, racking up film credits including All For One and The Show, as well as the odd music video, before leaving on a summer sabbatical that took him across Europe in a camper van.
Returning to Hawaii, he reunited with old friends Chris Malloy and Emmett Malloy, to conceive and create the acclaimed feature, Thicker Than Water. Hailed as a return to the purist beauty of early surf cinema, Thicker Than Water was a landmark for Jack on two levels: First, it marked his most significant work as a cinematographer to date. Second, and perhaps even more importantly, it was during the scoring of the film that Jack Johnson found his musical voice.
Having played guitar for most of his life in a succession of popular if not remarkable outfits, Thicker Than Water marked the first time Jack Johnson would step up to the mic as a full-on singer/songwriter. Jack\'s soulful folk tunes, inflected occasionally with blues and hip hop flavorings, soon began circulating in all corners of the global surf community, both as legitimate recordings and bootlegs. By the time Thicker Than Water was named Surfer magazine\'s Video of the Year and its follow-up The September Sessions nabbed the Adobe Highlight Awards at the ESPN Film Festival, labels were wining and dining Jack and friend-and-collaborator-turned-manager Emmett Malloy.
In keeping with the ethos that guided him away from a pro sports career in favor of a creative existence, Jack opted to release his debut LP, Brushfire Fairytales, on Enjoy Records, an upstart indie founded by veteran A&R man Andy Factor and Ben Harper manager/producer J.P. Plunier. Produced by Plunier, Brushfire Fairytales is an impressive debut on numerous levels: From the opening "Inaudible Melodies"-which seems to boil Jack\'s personal philosophy down to a chorus of "Slow down everyone/You\'re moving too fast"- to the psychedelic "Bubble Toes," it\'s a multi-faceted work by a modern day journeyman.
Jack Johnson recently embarked on a lengthy tour supporting longtime hero and influence Ben Harper (who incidentally makes a guest appearance on Brushfire Fairytales\' "Flake"). Meanwhile "Middle Man" is featured in Taylor Steele\'s recent film Loose Change, alongside tracks from Ben Harper and Beck."Middle Man" has also recently received attention from several radio stations, both here in the U.S. and abroad.