Jonny Diaz captured the hearts of girls of
every age with his monumental debut hit,
“More Beautiful You.” Today, he’s replicating
that emotive, captivating essence on a new
record, Let It Fly
. After six years of marriage,
a label change and other life transitions, he
brings a new maturity to this project. CCM
recently caught up with Jonny on his life, his
love and, of course, his new music.
CCM: When you parted ways with your label,
Fairtrade, did you feel a bit lost?
I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt
my feelings. From a business perspective, it
made sense; but it still makes you say,
“Am I good at this? Is my music worth
At the same time I couldn’t deny the
opportunities God was giving me. Here I
was getting on a stage with spotlights and
a microphone. Who cares whether I feel
inadequate? God was providing a platform.
CCM: You’re now on a new label. How has the
transition to Centricity Records been?
That’s a pretty big deal. When
Fairtrade decided not to do another CD with
me, I put out five songs on my own on an EP
called Starts With Love
. Centricity liked those
songs enough that they wanted to have them
be part of the full-length record, Let It Fly.
When you do it on your own, you get to make
all the decisions. I was honored they liked my
CCM: Where did the concept of the new album
JONNY: Let It Fly
didn’t necessarily come from
a theme or anything. It found its way into
the lyrics and into my life. I am completely
inadequate at this, and that’s OK. I was the
guy playing “More Beautiful You” every night,
but I’m sitting there thinking, I wish I was a
better singer. I wish I had written that song…
I started really feeling inadequate.
When I started digging into Scripture, I
saw that that’s OK. David and Goliath, Mary,
Moses — God uses people who are completely
inadequate. There’s a song on the record
called, “Use Me Too,” that’s referring to the
stone in the sling. David said a prayer, looked
to the sky and let it fly.
CCM: Given the incredible success of “More
Beautiful You,” were you under pressure —
self-imposed or otherwise — to replicate that
I was totally naïve when
I put it out, so naïve to think it
was that simple. The next few
singles I did didn’t have nearly
that response. I felt like I wasn’t
doing what I should have been
doing. But I’m just thankful God
gave me one song like “More
Beautiful You.” Rather than be
bitter, I’m trying to thank God
for what He gave me.
CCM: The production process on this album
was pretty different than your previous
work. What was that experience like?
I worked with two new producers. I did
four songs with Matt Bronleewe and three
songs with Jeff Pardo. They totally shape
the record. It’s very raw and organic. The
recordings are less than perfect, but I think
that’s part of the charm. We used a lot of
fun stuff — some weird percussion and other
things. To me, that’s the beauty of the studio.
You have the time to try things.
CCM: Much like “More Beautiful You,” you’ve
managed to create lyrics on this record that
are fun, but that say something anyone —
especially anyone who’s married — can relate
to. That probably shines the most on “Thank
God I Got Her.” I’m assuming that’s about
Yes! It was a song
originally intended for a country
artist to cut. It’s lighthearted
and quirky, but sweet. There are
so many confusing things about
marriage, as this lyric suggests:
We’ve got towels she won’t let
anyone get wet…
CCM: My husband is with you on that one!
From the pristine towels to the dishes you’re
not allowed to use, you hit the nail on the
head! What do you hope the next few years
of your career and life will look like?
In a few years I hope to still be doing
what I’m doing now — writing songs and
recording. I’d like to start writing songs for
other artists. For this year, I’m going on tour
with Aaron Shust, MIKESCHAIR and Lauren
Daigle. There are about 25 dates, so I’m
excited to share the new music.
For more information, visit Jonnydiaz.com