Singer-songwriter, Jonny Diaz, will release his second project for Centricity Music, Everything Is Changing. The majority of the album was produced by Chad Copelin, with Josh Bronleewe (David Dunn, Ginny Owens) producing "Enough In You," and Jeff Pardo (Mandisa, Salvador) "Joy." Diaz co-wrote all six songs on the new EP, and the first single is "Breathe." The song spotlights the hectic pace of Diaz's life that includes the birth of his first child, Charlie Grace, and helping his wife, Libby, open a fitness studio in Nashville. All of this swirled around Diaz while he was on a 40-city tour and co-writing sessions for the new record.
"I just felt so overwhelmed with everything life was throwing at me" admits Diaz, "and when I had to co-write during this time it was stressful. However, I gained a peaceful state during recording Everything Is Changing, as I embraced my calling since this is where God has led me. I don't have all the answers and not everything is going to be perfect, but there's still joy down in my soul."
Everything Is Changing opens with "Enough In You," showing the strength of God, while the most upbeat song on the album, "Joy," announces the happiness of a faith-filled life. The anthem song, "Chance," heralds the peace of the Lord during hardships, and the project closes with a song for Charlie Grace, "All Because Of You." The balance between being a new father and provider is the same struggle all parents face, but can be handled with God as the guide. The truth is too much time can just get boring/And I don't really need a sporty car/And I used to say that I would like to see the world/Now my world is right here sleeping in my arms.
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Some Things Never Change| Posted September 25, 2015
Everything changed for Jonny Diaz when he and his wife welcomed their first daughter into the world earlier this year. Even before the baby was born, Jonny began to feel overwhelmed with all life was throwing his way. An impending deadline for his new music, a 40-city tour, launching a fitness studio with his wife, and the reality of fatherhood soon to set in stared him down. The arrival of Charlie Grace also brought many changes, and while Jonny says that this is the most rewarding season of life yet, it's still a new normal for the Diaz clan.
Now with his new appropriately titled EP Everything Is Changing, Jonny takes his experiences and emotions from the past year and does what he does best: crafts songs out of them.
"Enough In You" begins the album as Jonny speaks of his identity in Christ. "All I am is found in You / I'm holding to Your truth that I'm enough in You," the song declares. Lead single and standout track "Breathe" gives some encouragement to listeners who feel rushed and overwhelmed in a busy life to just relax and be still before the Lord: "come and rest at My feet / and be, just be / chaos calls but all you really need is to just breathe."
The most upbeat moment found on the album, aptly titled "Joy," sings of the constant joy that only Christ can give, even in the midst of hard seasons. "Saved From" features a catchy melody and lyrics that praise God for His unending grace that keeps forgiving us. A personal favorite, "Chance" is another standout track that shows off Diaz's characteristically smooth vocals and sings of how God uses our hurt to draw us closer to Him: "hurting is a chance to find You as a Healer / lonely is a chance to fall into Your love / broken is a chance to know You as Redeemer / empty is a chance to find that You're enough." The album closes with a sweet song Jonny wrote for his newborn daughter, "All Because Of You."
Things are definitely changing for Jonny Diaz, but one thing that hasn't changed is his ability to turn a life event into a beautiful song. Whether it's the birth of his first child or just a difficult season of life, Jonny has a way of writing about it in a way that's relatable to all who hear it. Everything Is Changing is sure to minister to Jonny's fans and encourage listeners to trust the One who holds them steady when everything else is shifting around them, because thankfully, some things just never change.
Song To Download Now:
"Breathe" (Get it on iTunes here.)