More Beautiful You by Jonny Diaz on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jonny Diaz (who could have easily followed his three older brothers into the ranks of professional baseball) fully establishes himself as a singer/songwriter with this appealing 2009 debut. Diaz’s style leans towards the breezy folk-pop of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson and the like. He brings an explicitly Christian perspective to his writing while keeping the accent on engaging melodies and acoustic instrumentation. More Beautiful You’s title number sums up the album’s virtues — its positive message (aimed at young woman fighting battles of self-esteem) and summery guitar-driven groove are tailor-made for airplay. Diaz maintains his upbeat mood for “Love Like You Loved” (lilting to a Caribbean beat) and “Stand for You” (a quietly resolute statement of belief set to a buoyant track). “Soon Will Fade” is a playful look at life’s fleeting pleasures, balancing such heavier fare as “Prodigal Like Me” and “Hold Me.” Especially smile inducing is “The Opener,” an account of Jonny’s days as the low man on the concert bill.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jonny Diaz (who could have easily followed his three older brothers into the ranks of professional baseball) fully establishes himself as a singer/songwriter with this appealing 2009 debut. Diaz’s style leans towards the breezy folk-pop of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson and the like. He brings an explicitly Christian perspective to his writing while keeping the accent on engaging melodies and acoustic instrumentation. More Beautiful You’s title number sums up the album’s virtues — its positive message (aimed at young woman fighting battles of self-esteem) and summery guitar-driven groove are tailor-made for airplay. Diaz maintains his upbeat mood for “Love Like You Loved” (lilting to a Caribbean beat) and “Stand for You” (a quietly resolute statement of belief set to a buoyant track). “Soon Will Fade” is a playful look at life’s fleeting pleasures, balancing such heavier fare as “Prodigal Like Me” and “Hold Me.” Especially smile inducing is “The Opener,” an account of Jonny’s days as the low man on the concert bill.

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About Jonny Diaz

A Florida-raised, Oregon-based CCM artist, Jonny Diaz's easygoing acoustic pop style has drawn comparisons to artists like Brandon Heath, John Mayer, Dave Barnes, and Bebo Norman. A star baseball player from a family spilling over with big league talent -- brother Matt is a major leaguer -- Diaz was offered a full athletic scholarship to Florida State University. After playing for a year, he felt his calling shift from the field to the stage, and in August 2003, he released his debut album, Shades of White, independently. Subsequent LPs Everyday God and They Need Love were also issued independently, but that would change in 2009 with the release of the chart-topping More Beautiful You, which arrived via Sony imprint INO Records. The eponymous Jonny Diaz dropped two years later, and in 2014 he released his much-anticipated third major-label offering, Let It Fly, this time via Centricity Music. The Chad Copelin-produced EP Everything Is Changing arrived the following year. In 2017, Diaz returned with the single "Whole World." ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Lakeland, FL
  • BORN
    Mar 30, 1984

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