Diamonds marks the full-length debut by JOHNNYSWIM, the duo fronted by singer-songwriters Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez. Recorded in Nashville, and infused with the LA-based duo’s “undeniable chemistry” (Billboard), the album celebrates a return to the husband and wife team’s roots. Produced by Abner Ramirez, and engineered by seven-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa, Diamonds also features the duo’s writing collaborations with Mat Kearney, Josiah Bell, and Britten Newbill. “I wanted every song to be able to fit into a movie,” says Abner. “I wanted you to listen to the record and feel that you went somewhere. When you get the album, you're gonna get us. It presents us well.”
Signed to Sony/Red-distributed Big Picnic Records, Diamonds follows JOHNNYSWIM’s critically acclaimed EP Heart Beats (2013). VH1 created You Oughta Know+ for the duo, which included a national tour alongside Emeli Sandé that succeeded their appearance on the sold-out Old Crow Medicine Show tour across the U.K. They were spotlighted on Pandora Radio’sToyota Sessions, performed at Bonnaroo and MTV’s 2013 O Music Awards, and have appeared on nationally broadcast programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), Bluegrass Underground (PBS), and A Prairie Home Companion. Their music has also aired on VH1’s Mob Wives and Black Ink Crew, Hawaii Five-O (CBS), and promotional spots for Fiat.
Like the swim to freedom that inspires the duo’s name, JOHNNYSWIM has navigated a course of loss, love, hope, and joy over the past few years. “Abner lost his father. I lost my mom,” says Amanda. “The songs came from how relationships change when everybody's dealing with creating a new normal.” From soulful, powerful anthems like “Diamonds” and “Live While We’re Young,” to rollicking, crowd-pleasing favorites like “Home” and “A Million Years,” Diamonds encompasses both the rigors of the road the duo has already traveled and a radiant light guiding them to the future. Amanda adds, “One of the three most important things I got from college was something my friend said to me, ‘No pressure, no diamonds.’ You go through a lot of pressure, but if you can stick with it, you end up being a beacon that shines.” For JOHNNYSWIM, the sparkling brilliance of Diamonds leads the way.