Best friends with Jack Johnson, Donavan Frankenreiter has an almost identical biography compared to his surfing, acoustic soft-rock producing peer. Born and raised in San Clemente, California Frankenreiter received a sponsorship from Billabong as a teenager and subsequently traveled the world as a part of the company's surf team. While staying in Hawaii, the young surfer rented a house from Jack Johnson's parents and the two surfer musicians became fast friends. After releasing a handful of albums with the band Sunchild, he pursued a solo career in the early 2000s and released his eponymous debut effort in 2004. Frankenreiter has since collected a passionate following in Australia with releases including 2010's Revisited and 2012's Start Livin'.