Johnny has been surrounded by music his whole life. His musical career began when he joined the Bach Children’s Chorus completing nine full seasons with them. At the age of nine, after his father handed him a music notation program, he began composing classically influenced instrumental music, although it took Johnny four more years to feel comfortable with sharing his music, publicly releasing his first song The Monster in Me when he was thirteen.
As an instrumentalist, Johnny can proficiently play the piano, soprano flute, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and the soprano recorder. He has also dabbled with playing the cello, orchestral percussion, bells, and mallets.
As a vocalist, Johnny has completed his grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music and has become a private/group voice teacher since then. Some notable credits include singing alongside the Bach Children’s Chorus, Bach Chamber Youth Choir, Fideles, Brampton Symphony Orchestra, The Amadeus Choir, Michael Burgess, Emm Gryner, ColinResponse, Mae Janelle Berte, and Rachel Fridkin.
As a composer, Johnny has been hired to write for a number of stage shows as well as films. His music is often described as “haunting.” Credits include Deficiency Syndrome (The Independent Theatre Project), Paper Doll (Yolanda Bonnell), Jamie’s Gone (Broken Soil Theatre), We are All of Us (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), A Drop of Water (Slice of Pi), Oasis Love (Sisyphean Productions), and Calpurnia (Nightwood Theatre/Sulong Theatre).
In 2017, Johnny’s cat, Beau, underwent a perineal urethrostomy due to complications and blockages. As his cat was in recovery Johnny began researching ways to alleviate some of his cat’s stress, and found that music really helped calm Beau down. Johnny then began to write music for Beau, compiling the 14-track album, Fur Beau, for Beau to enjoy while resting. Johnny has since been writing calming music to help reduce anxiety and stress under Catnip Chorus.