Originally drawn to the piano, military life in my early years and it's frequent moves led me to the guitar as a more portable choice. And the fact that I heard Paco de Lucia play at a young age and felt like my face was going to melt off (guitar players, you know what I mean). My musical journey has since embraced a diverse span of genres: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Popular, Country, Songwriting, Brazilian, and other Latin styles. Music has no boundaries, and I echo a quote from Willie Nelson: "there is only good music…and bad music,” regardless of genre. My passion for music led me to earn B.A. & M.M. degrees in college, but true education blossoms through real-world experience in performing and teaching. The learning never ends, and I continually strive to share the gift of music.
"Thrilled to have had my first opportunity to participate in the creation of this film both as an actor and as a composer. "Touch & Go", written and directed by Heather Hutton, is such a beautiful and honest biopic film. I have immense admiration & gratitude for her as a director, not only for observing her bravery and artistic skill in sharing her story, but for trusting me in creating the musical backdrop for her film and for opening a new creative doorway for myself...composing for film and television. " ~ Johnna
*Since it's creation "Touch & Go" has been featured in film festivals throughout the world and has won several awards.*