Danny Gutierrez
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Danny Gutierrez


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The best kept secret in music


"Nacio - The Christmas Album"

This beautiful album by California-based musician-producer Danny Gutierrez includes a former island resident, vocalist-arranger Tinu Diaz, who sings lead on two selections and co-wrote others. It's a stretch, perhaps, to include the album as "local," but their album of powerful bilingual contemporary gospel is one Hawaii would be proud to claim.
Gutierrez provides all the instrumentation except bass and drums on two selections, and succeeds in creating the feel of an orchestra rather than the thin sound of synth tracks. Diaz and the other members of the choir sing with a heartfelt enthusiasm that transcends the language barrier imposed by Spanish-language selections. It isn't necessary to understand the Spanish lyrics to feel the singers' emotion.

Diaz steps forward on "The Christ is Born" and "I Will Answer" and shows that modern Christian music need not be bland or overwrought. "His Name is Jesus," featuring Jamie Hernandez, is a Christmas song for all seasons -- equally appropriate for performance in church any Sunday.

By John Berger - Oahu Star Bulletin


"Nacio | The Christmas Album" LP
A bilingual self-produced release, described as "Christmas in a purple-rain forest."

"The Worship Medley" EP
Again self-produced, days away from release.

To date, only one track off "Nacio | The Christmas Album" received modest radio airplay.


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In spirit, I'm influenced by Spanish folk singers of the 20's and 30's. These are nameless, faceless master composers whose simple infectuous melodies have spread like fire and endured in the sacred depths of their culture's decendants.
I am one of these decendants, and I was born with the same nameless, faceless, passion. The popular artists I ran into as I got older taught me that sharing my story with the world can be something organic, and artistic, and commercal; often a difficult, complex mix.
Almost all of the songs I sing are religious themed. I am a Christian. But I don't use music to preach. I use it to talk to God. I ask Him things, tell Him things, thank Him for things I don't understand. Sometimes I just vent my frustration with Him. With this world. With my boss. With my car. Anything.
I value artists who have affected me on a deep level.
Stevie Wonder, Prince, John Mayer, John Legend are all the obvious ones. Jorge Drexler, Hector Lavoe, Los Lobos, War, Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, are ones whose influence is more subtle, but their impact on me is no less significant.