Since he began playing piano (incidentally, he never took formal piano lessons), Johnny has composed music. He has written songs for church, for weddings, for voice recitals, for plays and musicals, for films, for theater-workshops, and for his own performances.
In 1992, a song he wrote was adopted by A Special Wish Foundation as the theme for their tenth anniversary celebration held at the Ohio governor's residence. Entitled Special Children, the song was adapted from a poem written by the foundation's founder, Ramona Fickle.
Johnny has composed music for the plays The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, The Servant of Two Masters, and the stage adaptation of the award-winning children's book, Holes.
Johnny has also scored four short films for Joe Wink, an independent-film director.
Johnny composes and adapts choral music. Two of his pieces, God Teach Us To Be Generous and One Together in Christ are pending publication.