Jonny Diaz "Jonny Diaz" by Kevin Thorson (cmaddict.com) on 2011-04-07 17:54:51
Jonny Diaz's self-titled April release is not his first, which is quite apparent in this project, a very polished and mature collection that will have you thinking Chris Tomlin and Audrey Assad. And you'd be right, since they and a handful of others pitched in on this album. With the talent of Ed Cash (Dave Barnes, Chris Tomlin), Chris Stevens (Toby Mac, Sanctus Real), Jeff Pardo (Josh Wilson, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra), and Steve Wilson (Josh Wilson, Leeland) along for the ride, Diaz (2010's Dove Award nominee for New Artist of the year) puts together an impressive and refreshing album.
The album goes through many of the highs and lows and questions we all face. From delighting in God, realizing the beauty of the cross, and recognizing all He has for us. Believers will find this album inspiring and encouraging.
Standout songs such as “Cross The Line” urge people to “take that leap from religion to relationship” with lyrics such as “This could be your moment/ This could be your time/ This could be the first day of the rest of your life”. Written mostly as a song of worship, the concept of the “Beauty of the Cross” Diaz says “To the world this may seem weird, but to those of us whose lives have been changed by that cross, it makes perfect sense.”
“Love I'm Living For” is a song Diaz wrote to his wife, “...it may sound cheesy,” Diaz says, “but I'm a sucker for a good love song.” And on a lighter note, Diaz professes his love for something else in the bonus track “...eat there and you'll understand!!” he explains.
The twelve song release keeps God at the forefront throughout, which is sadly becoming more rare today. “He is the focus of my life, and I find it impossible to honestly record my emotions and my journey without including Him,” says Diaz whose mission is to encourage and entertain, yet challenge fellow believers. This album does just that.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Label: INO Records
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Buy it: Amazon mp3
1. Delights In You 3:59
2. Break My Heart 3:13
3. God Is Watching 3:53
4. Cross The Line 3:27
5. Beauty Of The Cross 3:41
6. Figured Out 4:01
7. Love I'm Living For 4:09
8. How Can It Be 3:54
9. Weeps For You 4:18
10. Here and Someday 3:35
11. What Water Can Do 5:37
12. The Chick-fil-A Song (Bonus Track) 2:33
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