Famous artists and musicians have a tendency to lead crazy, hectic lives, but not Jack Johnson. Often influenced by his Hawaiian roots, the “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” singer has a chill, mellow vibe that is reflected on all of his albums. His latest, “From Here to Now to You,” was released on Sept. 17 and features “I Got You” and 11 other songs sure to make you want to kick back, preferably at a nice sandy beach.
The new album is his first since the 2010’s “To the Sea,” which was certified Gold by the RIAA in the U.S. “From Here to Now to You” boasts the kind of vibe fans have come to expect, though the fresh songs also reflect on everyday life events such as taking out the garbage and driving kids to school. The album is essentially an in-depth look at Johnson’s life with his family, which has been kept tightly under wraps by him and his wife, Kim. There’s even a song on the album titled “Washing Dishes,” which is about, you guessed it—washing dishes.
The first single from the album, “I Got You,” was released in June, just before Johnson filled in for Mumford and Sons last-minute at one of the summer’s most noteworthy festivals, Bonnaroo. See the video, which was filmed throughout Hawaii, below.
Johnson’s album-supporting North American tour will officially kick off at the United Palace in Broadway, N.Y., on Sept. 23, and the tour dates will continue through October before the second stint makes stops in New Zealand, Australia, and Queensland. The 20-plus stop international tour will come to a close on Dec. 16 at the Plenary in South Wharf, Australia.
Aside from music, Johnson is an avid supporter of charities and foundations, especially his own creation, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. Since its start in 2008, the group has strived to provide support to communities that focus on environmental, art, and music education. In 2008, Johnson set the standard in touring when he decided to take the eco-friendly approach to touring and the production of each album, and created All At Once as a result. The group supports sustainable local food systems, plastic free environments and works with more than 75 other non-profits. Johnson is also involved in the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and 1% For the Planet.