Johnny started pursuing music at 18 when he was asked to join the band Runaway Saints because he "had awesome hair." They performed locally in Rhode Island and moved to Nashville in 2008. Nathan Chapman, a Taylor Swift producer, took them under his wing, but after multiple album setbacks, Johnny moved to Los Angeles. Not long after moving, he opened for Rod Stewart for three weeks on a Midwest tour. The band is currently on a break, but Johnny continues to play around the L.A. scene.