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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Jack Johnson : On and On

JJ1Jack Johnson (born May 18, 1975) is a Hawaii-born singer-songwriter who has achieved commercial success and a dedicated following since the release of his debut album, "Brushfire Fairytales".
Making friends with Garrett Dutton of G. Love & Special Sauce, he recorded "Rodeo Clowns" to be released on their 1999 album Philadelphonic. Ben Harper also took Johnson under his wing after hearing his music. This launched his music career and led to the release of his first album, Brushfire Fairytales, in 2001 to aid in the Thicker than Water soundtrack.

After touring for almost two years, Johnson released his second album, On and On, to generally favorable reviews in late 2003. Many of the songs on On and On had previously been released on bootlegs, such as J.O.A.T. and B.O.A.T., but received the accompaniment of a full band on the new album.

His third studio album, In Between Dreams, was released on March 1, 2005. Over a yearJJ2 later, it was still on the charts, where it was positioned at #3 (March 21st 2006). Also released in 2006 was the album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George. A common feature of Johnson's music is major chord tonality in his basic chord progressions.

Johnson was featured on the Sublime tribute album Look at All the Love We Found, and was on Handsome Boy Modeling School's White People, released in 2004. In 2005 he appeared on the Black Eyed Peas album Monkey Business on the track Gone Going.

JJ3In the music video for "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing", everything happens in reverse. Johnson is pelted with various objects and liquids are dumped over his head, but everything appears to fly away from him as the video plays backward from the way it was filmed. In order to achieve this, Johnson learned to mouth all of the lyrics to the song backwards. The music video for his song "Taylor" features a guest appearance from actor Ben Stiller.

In February 2006, he won a Brit Award for Best International Newcomer, beating The Pussycat Dolls, John Legend, The Arcade Fire and Daniel Powter. In May 2006, "In Between Dreams" surpassed one million sales in the UK.

Jack Jonhson - Live in Rio Brasil Apoteose April 2006


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