Songwriter Showcase: Jonny 5

Last Thursday, OpenAir hosted its first Singer Songwriter Showcase at Artwork Network on Santa Fe as part of our two year anniversary celebration. The enlightening and unique event gathered four of Colorado’s finest songwriters for an inside look at the creative process behind their individual music, as well as to celebrate the spirit of collaboration. Each musician was given 24 hours to write a song based on the phrase “Never say help” as part of our listener lyric contest, which was then performed live for the first time on Thursday evening. If you weren’t in the audience that night, you’re still in luck: OpenAir recorded each original song from all four musicians, and we will be showcasing a new performance each day this week!

Our fourth “Never Say Help” song comes from Jonny 5. Jonny 5 has been at the forefront of Denver’s hip-hop scene as a member of Flobots since the release of their critically and commercially successful debut album Fight with Tools. Combining rock arrangements with rap lyrics for a distinctive sound, Flobots stand as one of today’s foremost alternative hip-hop acts, thanks to Jonny 5’s adroit rhyming ability. His “Never Say Help” piece for our Songwriter Showcase is a mesmerizing a capella rap performance. Check out the video above and watch our other three songwriters here!