Born and raised in East Palo Alto. Johnnie has been playing music since he was 8 years old. His passion for music started when his father gave him a guitar and had him play at various night clubs. He has the gift to play by ear and gained a lot of exposure at such a young age. He has been inspired thru music and feels this is a way to express his self and to help others. Johnnie later decided to attend Mission College for music where he earned a degree.
While being a partner at UGMX Development Studio, Johnnie has been able to reach out to all youth thru music to assist in the development of their self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-esteem, which is required to lead productive and positive lives.
Johnnie has been able to gain the respect of the youth due to their ability to grab their attention by listening and accepting who they are without passing judgment. It is with his own life experiences that help assist them in preparing for life’s challenges and opportunities.
Johnnie have dedicated several years of his life to coaching youth NJB & AAU basketball teams, as well as Pop Warner football teams. Together, they have strived to provide an environment that enables players to compete and build solid basketball skills in addition to promoting confidence, team work and sense of life skill fundamentals.
Johnnie along with the UGMX staff has worked with the American Red Cross, Relay for Life, African Community Center and San Jose Juneteenth, San Jose Dia De San Juan Puerto Rican Festival and many Bay area schools in developing successful events that raise awareness to education and personal empowerment.