Get the new album from Free Chapel!

Get the new album from Free Chapel!

JFH Staff Review


Jonny Diaz
More Beautiful You



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 11 tracks: 38 minutes, 38 seconds
Street Date: May 5, 2009


As an artist who seems to have been set on the back burner for the past few years, it seems as though Jonny Diaz is finally about to make it big. At press time, his single "More Beautiful You" was sitting comfortably at number #17 on the Christian AC radio charts. After turning down a college scholarship to play baseball at Florida State because he felt God calling him to pursue music, More Beautiful You looks to be the record that proves that following God's will can really pay off.

Jonny's unique blend of pop and acoustic brings something fresh to the Christian side of the music market, and it's orchestrated just less than brilliantly on his first major label album. In what could almost be a direct comparison, Jonny nearly echoes the sound of Jason Mraz (known for his mainstream music mega-hit "I'm Yours"), especially on "Love Like You Loved," a song asking for love and compassion like God's own. The remarkably original "Stand For You" incorporates a steady mesh of pop/folk sound along with a beat that the listener wouldn't at first expect from an acoustic artist (except for maybe Riley Armstrong). Lyrically, the upbeat cut "Soon Will Fade" rails against materialism. "Waiting Room" admits that God is all-knowing and always has a plan, while "More Beautiful You," a song written specifically for girls, encourages self-esteem and urges the audience to find contentment in God's purpose and happiness with their true inner beauty. Particularly, the lyrics of "See the Wind" showcase Jonny's songwriting talents ("I can not see Your presence / But I know where you have been / And I long to be Your feather at the mercy of the wind"). Bonus track, "The Opener," another song highly reminiscent to the sound of Jason Mraz, allows Jonny to let loose a little with genuine but comedic lyrics, and ends the album on a fun note.

It really isn't easy to find areas of criticism on More Beautiful You. However, despite the originality of the lyrics and sound of some tracks, many of them tend to blend together and don't all have their own identity. While it may seem like a minor thing to be criticizing, a little more effort wouldn't hurt on the next round. Every little bit of uniqueness counts.

Overall though, the extreme relevancy and potential impact of the music found on this record seem guaranteed to make Jonny Diaz a soon-to-be household name within the genre of contemporary Christian music. His lyrics will certainly connect with people and draw them in. Jonny has created the opportunity to attract a wide new fan base with More Beautiful You, and if the success continues, look out for a possible "New Artist of the Year" nomination at the 2010 GMA Dove Awards.

- Review date: 5/2/09, written by Logan Leasure of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: INO Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 38 minutes, 38 seconds
. Street Date: May 5, 2009
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. More Beautiful You (3:51)
  2. Soon Will Fade (4:04)
  3. Stand For You (4:21)
  4. Love Like You Loved (3:11)
  5. One Thing (3:09)
  6. Nashville (3:28)
  7. Waiting Room (3:03)
  8. Prodigal Like Me (3:31)
  9. What I'm Waiting For (3:45)
  10. See The Wind (3:40)
  11. The Opener (Bonus Track) (2:40)
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 

JFH Sponsor Spot:

 

 

           
Listen to the new album from Connor Flanagan!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Friday, October 19
Gawvi Panorama [Reach]
Hollyn Everything and More / Isaac - Single [Gotee]
Iron Bell Music Glory to Glory [Essential]
Matt Maher The Advent of Christmas [Essential]
Planetshakers Heaven on Earth Part III EP [Integrity]
Planetshakers Heaven on Earth CD/DVD [Integrity]
Switchfoot Native Tongue - Single [Lowercase People]
Tenth Avenue North The Things We've Been Afraid To Say EP [Reunion]
CeCe Winans Something's Happening: It's Christmas with CeCe Winans [Thirty Tigers]

NEXT Friday, October 26
Francesca Battistelli Own It [Word]
Lauren Daigle Behold: Deluxe Edition [Centricity]
Ben & Noelle Kilgore A Resting Place EP [Integrity/The Creak Music]
Lovelite Apocalypse Hymnal (independent)
Marc Martel My Way, Vol. II: The Queen EP (independent)
Matthew Parker Daydreamer [DREAM]
Fight The Fury Still Breathing EP [Atlantic]
Chris Tomlin Holy Roar [Sparrow]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new album from Three Bridges!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews


Free MP3 Downloads