Jonny grew up surrounded by music. His father was a singer songwriter and his mother was a vocalist. At age 14 his father passed down his Sigma/Martin guitar and showed him how to finger pick. In high school Jonny joined a hardcore punk band and played around the Tampa area, molding many of his life experiences into song.
Several years after leaving the punk scene, Jonny began performing solo, regaining his performance edge. He formed his own band Algorhythm Sky, who were successful until college and life separated the band members, leading Jonny to go solo again. After sharing a stage with 5 Pound Trigger, the band, feeling that his voice and energy would bring new strength and open up new avenues for vocal harmony, invited him to be their lead singer.