Contemporary Musician: Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is a singer/songwriter in the soft rock genre, as well as a filmmaker, activist, and surfer. He’s well known among the under-40 crowd, particularly for his work on the Curious George film soundtrack and his 2008 CD Sleep Through the Static.


Born in Hawaii, Johnson was a competitive surfer, but a surf accident in his teens prompted him to find another career path. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in film and then became a musician. His debut album, Brushfire Fairytales, came out in 2001; he now has five solo studio CDs to his credit, as well as soundtracks, collaborations, and EPs.

Johnson’s music has a soft folk/acoustic sound with a hint of reggae. The overall feeling is mellow and relaxed, but he addresses serious issues, particularly environmentalism and green living, and his lyrics can be clever and insightful. You can hear his music and view his videos here.

I recommend Jack Johnson not just for his talent but also for his ethics – it’s a nice combination that I’d like to see more of in this world.