The film's music, as well as a song he wrote and recorded with G. Love for his 1999 album Philadelphonic, led Johnson to release his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales, in 2001.
Johnson followed his debut effort in 2003 with On and On. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. In 2005, Johnson released In Between Dreams. The double-Platinum album reached number two on the charts and featured the tracks "Better Together," "Good People, and "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing." Johnson finally reached the top spot on Billboard's album chart with his fourth offering, Sleep Through the Static, released in 2008. His fifth studio album, To the Sea, dropped mid-2010.
Apart from his solo albums, Johnson released Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006. The soundtrack was incredibly successful selling over a million copies and reaching number one on the album charts.
Born in Oahu, Hawaii, and son of famous surfer Jeff Johnson, Jack , at 17, was the youngest invitee to make the finals at the Pipeline Masters surfing competition. However, Johnson's surfing career was over before it began when the following week he suffered an injury that required 150 stitches and knocked out several of his teeth.
Johnson never intended to become a famous singer-songwriter. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in film. He used his education to not only make Thicker Than Water but another surfing film, 2002's The September Sessions.
In 2002, Jack Johnson, along with his wife Kim and colleague Emmett Malloy, started Brushfire Records. Artists signed to the label (as of 2010) include G. Love & Special Sauce, Matt Coasta, Rogue Wave, and Animal Liberation Orchestra. Johnson owns and records at Mango Tree Studio, a state-of-the-art facility powered by solar energy.
Johnson's band consists of Adam Topol on drums, Merlo Podlewski on bass, and Zach Gill on piano. Critics generally describe Johnson's laid back, positive sound as a mixture of acoustic rock and soft pop.