Jack Johnson on FEQ: A Hawaiian arrives on the Plains

Jack Johnson found his way to success very quickly at the beginning of his career. It was more difficult for the Hawaiian singer-guitarist-surfer to find his way to Quebec.

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Surprisingly enough for an artist of his caliber, armed with a catalog of hits, we only know of one concert on Quebec soil in 2008 during Montreal’s Osheaga Festival.

We want to know whether he later returned to Montreal or elsewhere in the province. This is a call to everyone.

One thing’s for sure, we’ve never met him on the streets of Old Quebec. His performance at the Plains of Abraham on Thursday night, day two of the Festival d’été, will be his first-ever performance in the capital.

First low expectations…

It was time. With eight albums to his credit, including the very hot one Meet the moonlightwhich was released two weeks ago, Jack Johnson has established himself as one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in the soft folk rock niche.

To his astonishment, he already attracted attention with his first album. Bushfire Fairy Tale (2001), on which we find his first song to break the charts, flake.

“In my wildest dreams he recently confided in the magazine Turn, I didn’t think it would work like that. I remember telling my wife while listening to the demos that I wanted this to be someone’s favorite album. I was hoping that listening to a Ben Harper or Jimi Hendrix album would make someone feel like me. That was my goal: to make someone love them. »

…then success

In the end, millions of people fell in love with Johnson’s comforting tunes. In 2005, he struck a chord when he released the album between dreamshaven of success Good people, better together in the same way Sitting, waiting, wishing.

The following year, he continued to grow his fan base by composing the soundtrack for the animated film Curious Georgedominated by the song Upside down.

With Meet the moonlighthe believes he stepped outside of his musical comfort zone by collaborating with a collaborator outside of his intimate circle, Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Fiona Apple, John Legend).

For the first time, it wasn’t Jack Johnson who always had the last word in the studio.

“With Blake, he said Turn, there were times when I told him at least twenty times that I didn’t like something and wanted to go in a different direction, but he insisted. Eventually he opposed me to the point where I finally realized it was better his way. »

Jack Johnson in concert, Thursday night, 9:30 p.m., on the Plains of Abraham. He will be preceded by Geoffroy and Tash Sultana.

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