Jonny was reared in Washington State on a wheat farm where he picked up things like “Jeet” and “I sure do like you, wanna be my girl?” His innocence was short lived, you see he packed up and moved to the city and found hip-hop in San Francisco where he started the group Rooster. Rooster signed with Chrysalis Music Group in 1996. They released “Buick Regal” later that year. The album was a throwback to swamp stomp New Orleans Hick-Hop.
Jonny moved to Brighton, UK and immediately started Jonny Quality, the band quickly became a Brighton hit. Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) asked Jonny to co-write a song on his upcoming album Palookaville along with a cast of others such as Bootsy Collins and Damon Albarn (Blur & Gorillaz.) Jonny wrote and arranged “Long Way from Home,” signed with Skint Records and publishing with A-Songs Music Publishing (Chrysalis Music.)
After the release of Palookaville, Jonny Quality supported Fatboy Slim on tour in the UK, Europe and the US. Jonny also played guitar for Fatboy Slim on countless radio and television programs including: MTV, The Conan O’Brien Show and The Jonathan Ross Show on the BBC. After a relentless tour schedule with Fatboy Slim, Jonny packed his guitars and set-off to Italy.
While recording in the hills in central Italy, Jonny started Daltonico Studios. Daltonico Studios, a songwriter’s paradise, built in a 14th century farmhouse with a view of the mountains of Umbria. A studio designed for inspiration, Daltonico is a place where artists could get away from it all and write their next project. Besides recording various artists at Daltonico, Jonny hosted and recorded various songwriting workshops for Chris Difford (ex-Squeeze.) Although charmed by Italian life, Jonny missed performing and recording his music. Jonny again set-out to make his own music. This time in Central Europe.
Jonny came to Prague, Czech Republic. He quickly formed 5 Foot Assassins. The Assassins toured Europe, UK and Ireland. Summer festivals ablaze with Jonny’s Fender Telecaster sound. Jonny also was a music critic for the Czech music television program Music Blok.
Now back in California. Check it out, just released, Jonny Quality’s new album Bez Skety!
In his spare time he makes and sells his own cigar box guitars. Check them out here!