Who Is Jack Johnson? Get to Know Singer’s Life, Career, and More
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were observed attending a Jack Johnson performs at the Santa Barbara Bowl and engaging in some very public displays of affection.
TMZ obtained photographs showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dancing and listening to the “Banana Pancakes” singer in a VIP area of the outdoor concert.
During the course of the evening, Harry tenderly draped an arm around his wife’s waist, and the two got rather close. They also engaged in conversation with a cluster of surrounding onlookers.
According to reports, the two did not enter the concert together. Markle, 41, arrived a little after 8 o’clock, and Harry, 38, arrived about an hour later.
The former “Suits” star was dressed casually, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail and her sleeves rolled up on her blouse. The prince opted for a more casual look, donning a crewneck sweater.
Who Is Jack Hody Johnson?
Jack Hody Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, filmmaker, and former competitive surfer who was born on May 18, 1975. Soft rock and acoustic pop are where Johnson really shines as an artist.
With the release of Brushfire Fairytales in 2001, he found commercial success for the first time. The albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George (2006), Sleep Through the Static (2008), To the Sea (2010), and From Here to Now to You (2013) by Johnson all debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Both in 2005 and again in 2013, his album In Between Dreams reached the number two spot on the charts.
Johnson is an advocate for environmental protection and long-term sustainability who frequently discusses the state of the oceans.
In addition to the Kkua Hawaii Foundation, Johnson also established the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation with his wife Kim. In 2008, Johnson began practicing greening (reduce and reuse) by donating all of the money he made from his Sleep Through the Static tour to his own family’s charity.
2010 To the Sea album tour donated its revenues to the Johnson-backed charity alliance All at Once, which encourages fan participation in environmental causes.
Jack Johnson grew up on Hawaii’s North Shore, the stomping ground of his famous surfer father, Jeffery Johnson. At age 5, he first tried surfing and quickly became hooked. At the age of 17, he made history by becoming the youngest surfer ever invited to compete in the finals of the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore.
However, a surfing accident at the Pipeline that required more than 100 stitches in his forehead and the removal of a few teeth ended his career as a professional surfer one week later, inspiring him to write the song “Drink the Water.” In the 1994 film The Endless Summer II, he made an appearance as a surfer.
Jack Johnson completed high school at Kahuku on the island of Oahu. Later he would enroll at UC Santa Barbara, where he would earn a degree in film studies in 1997.
Although Johnson picked up the guitar at age 8 and began writing songs at age 12, it wasn’t until he played rhythm guitar for the band Soil (not to be confused with the heavy metal band of the same name) in college that his love of music truly blossomed.
To get his foot in the door, Jack Johnson contributed to the G. Love song “Rodeo Clowns,” which appeared on the album “Philadelphonic” by G. Love and Special Sauce in 1999. A common buddy has introduced Johnson and G. Love. Johnson’s career was jumpstarted by this song.
In 2001, he released his first album, titled “Brushfire Fairytales.” He released his second studio album in 2003 titled “On and On.” His third studio album, titled “In Between Dreams,” was released that same year. Johnson composed the film’s score and released it as a soundtrack album in 2006 titled “Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George.”
In 2008, Johnson released his fourth studio album, titled “Sleep Through the Static.” In 2010, he released his fifth studio album, titled “To The Sea.” Johnson performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee in 2013, and his sixth studio album, titled “From Here to Now to You,” was published that same year. All the Light Above it Too, Johnson’s seventh studio album, was released in 2018.
The following fall, he made an appearance at Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Fest at Doheny State Beach in Southern California.
The Kokua Hawaii Foundation was founded in 2003 by Jack and Kim Johnson to promote environmental education throughout Hawaii’s educational institutions and communities. From 2004 to 2008 and again in 2010, the foundation held a festival each year to generate money for charitable causes.
He released a live Kkua Festival album titled “Best of Kkua Festival” in April 2012, just before his 2012 Hawaiian Islands tour.
In 2008, Johnson and his wife Kim founded the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, a public organization that invests in environmental, artistic, and musical education programs around the world.
Johnson sang in the #TogetherAtHome event in 2020, which was held in the midst of a worldwide outbreak of coronavirus.