I’m a little late on today’s Musician Spotlight.
I’d love to introduce you with a great guy I had the absolute pleasure of playing with this past weekend: Jonny Diaz. First off so you don’t go around mispronouncing his name like I did, it’s “Die-as” not “Dee-as.” Secondly, for a guy on the cusp of potentially ‘making it big’ he’s a totally chill, awesome guy!
Jonny was brought in to lead worship for our Fall retreat: Breakaway. I filled in as the lead guitarist/back up vocalist. It was an incredible ride. For someone who is recognized by Bart Millard as being inspiring with just a guitar and his voice, I suppose he didn’t need a backing band but it was truly an awesome ride for me and the band! Jonny was completely in the pocket with us or by himself. Each session we’d play 4/5 songs as a band and he’d play 1 by himself. Jonny is an incredibly talented guitarist and has a smooth voice and some inspiring lyrics!
If you’re in to Caedmon’s Call, Bebo Norman, Shane & Shane, and the likes then you’ll gladly welcome Jonny Diaz into your iTunes collection! Speaking of which, he’s got 2 CDs up on iTunes already. The title track to They Need Love is probably my favorite. You can go for the most popular one: “Other Guys” and while it’s witty and enjoyable, there’s just so much more to be found on the CD that will satisfy!
Jonny certainly isn’t shy about traveling so book him for your next worship environment. Students/adults whatever. Get him by himself or with his band if you can. (If not then call me! Hahaha! It’d be great to sit in again.)
Here are some songs we played together at our Youth Retreat:
- Make a Joyful Noise (I will not be silent)
- My glorious
- No One Like You
- Blessed Be Your Name
- Every Move I Make
- We fall down
- Marvelous Light
- Holy is the Lord
- Your Grace is Enough
Jonny, meet the lovely people of Worship City!
Worship City, meet Jonny!