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They’ve all had ‘em.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most of the great artists, the ones
that stick around for a long time, have a career song.
It’s the song that will forever represent their name, their
face and, of course, their music.
Michael W. Smith… “Friends”
Amy Grant… “Thy Word”
Clay Crosse… “I Surrender All”
Rich Mullins… “Awesome God”
Nicole C. Mullens… “Redeemer”
“More Beautiful You”… um… the “More Beautiful You” guy…
“As I’ve been around the country, I see a lot of people
who know the song, but not a lot of them realized who
played it,” says said player, AKA Jonny Diaz.
Chances are, with his sophomore release
dropping April 12, that’ll all change sooner
than later. The fact that the project mirrors
an artist debut probably doesn’t hurt.
How, you ask?
For one thing, this album is self-titled.
“Nothing really jumped out at me as a title,” says Jonny.
“And I’m trying to get my name associated with the songs
as much as possible. I love what God has done with ‘More
Beautiful You,’ but I care and put just as much thought and
effort and time into all my songs.”
Given that this was his first album to record while signed
afforded him all three—thought, effort and time.
“More Beautiful You was an indie record,” says Jonny, who
was signed by INO soon after its release.
“This was the first chance that I really had the resources
and time,” says Jonny.
With powerhouse producers Ed Cash and Chris Stevens
taking turns at the helm, Jonny Diaz seamlessly flows from
the poignant, yet catchy first single, “Beauty of the Cross,”
to the emotionally charged “Here and Someday,” which
touches on grief and the fact that it never looks the same
way twice. While that particular song wasn’t borne out of a
personal tragedy, “I wrote it because I thought people could
relate to it,” explains Jonny.
Without a doubt, they can. But that’s no surprise.
Throughout his musical career, Jonny’s music has fortified
his personal mantra, “to create music that entertains,
encourages and challenges the church.”
“For the last three years, I’ve been playing in church
after church,” says Jonny. “At first, I got a little jaded. Some
churches I went to, some of the people didn’t even want
me there. So what challenged me was to stop seeing the
church as an organization and start seeing it as the group
of believers who were there. Instead of being discouraged,
I was encouraged. They were serving us and loving us the
way you see Christ love in the Bible.”
As Jonny’s eyes were continually opened to the hearts
of the people in and around the church, so too were they
opened to the rigidity and over-structuring of worship and
the time spent in fellowship.
“I appreciate the reason that kind of structure is there,
but the problem arises when we start thinking that this is
what God looks like and this is what the being a Christian
looks like,” says Jonny. “All of a sudden our bubbles
become so small, we think a Christian has to be a white
American driving their SUV to church where they park in
the same spot and sit in the same pew. I think that’s where
the danger sets in. We don’t worship a God that can be
contained in certain boxes. We worship the God of the Bible
and that needs to be our only guide to seeing who He really
is and how we should be worshipping Him.”
From beginning to end, Jonny Diaz, lives in the key of that
God. Jonny Diaz does too.
His songs are his journal, giving us a peek into the heart of
a man seeking humility, excellence and compassion. A song
called “Break My Heart” is one of those dangerous prayer
songs that seeks brokenness from God in an era where we
have become numb to the suffering of others. Another,
“What Water Can Do” compares the devastation of an earthly
flood to the eternal redemption of baptism in Christ.
The list goes on and on.
Each song a testament to God’s faithfulness and power.
Each song a journey to the heart of truth, God and faith.
Each song, you might say, more beautiful than the next.
“I recorded the songs I really think God wanted me to
share,” says Jonny. “I did the best I can and now it’s in
From his heart to God’s hands to your ears, the music
and ministry of Jonny Diaz is clearly much more than a
And so, while the “More Beautiful You” guy will forever be
respected and appreciated, Jonny Diaz is no one-hit wonder.
No… Jonny Diaz, an entertainer, encourager and challenger
will be so much more.
The man behind a career song
returns to claim his spot as the
creator of a hit and so much
more. by Caroline Lusk
Presenting Jonny Diaz