New York native Johnny Marnell is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to songwriting. He has dabbled in pop, rock, soul, country and the blues, even hip-hop and rap. He works as a computer software programmer for eMusic.com, but he has a lot to offer. This expert guitarist has an eclectic background, having played before crowds at Webster Hall in NYC, Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, and Chapel Hill's Cat's Cradle. He has also been a finalist in Brooklyn's "Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition," which is why he decided to become a contestant on Bravo's reality competition Platinum Hit.
Johnny Marnell one of 12 other songwriters who are hoping to make it big in the music industry. Each episode challenges the contestants as they write and perform lyrics from a variety of genres, from rock music to ballads. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100,000, a publishing deal with songwriting collective The Writing Camp, and a recording deal with RCA/Jive label. Judging the contestants are Kara DioGuardi and Jewel, along with a number of guest judges.