Lynette Diaz

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Lynette Diaz
Birth name Josephine Lynette Diaz
Born Colorado, United States
Genres Folk rock, acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Manuka Hunnies, Pete Love

Lynette Diaz is an American-born singer-songwriter living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her song "Living Before Dying" was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest [1] and also at the 12th Annual Unisong Songwriting Competition.[2]

Early life[edit]

Diaz, who is of Mexican descent, was born in Colorado, United States. She subsequently attended school in New Mexico where she graduated in 1987.[3][4]

Career in music[edit]

Diaz released her first CD Lyrics In My Head in 2008. The album received critical acclaim [6] and was added to radio playlists.[7] Diaz performed and promoted the album in New Zealand,[8][9][10] and also in the United States.[11]

One song, "Living Before Dying", was lifted from the album and entered in the 2008 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest. Facing more than 400 entrants, Diaz was awarded an Honorable Mention.[12] The same song was also entered in the social/political song category at the 12th Annual Unisong Songwriting Contest. Once again, "Living Before Dying" was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Diaz also took time out from recording her album to perform at a charity event to raise funds for the RSPCA.[13][14]

Among her many influences, Diaz cites Patty Griffin, Carole King and Brandi Carlile.[5] Her next release will include a tribute to American poet Emily Dickinson.

Diaz hosts the New Zealand radio program FemAcoustica on Plains FM 96.9.[15]



  1. ^ "Lynette Diaz - 2008 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest". 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  2. ^ "12th Annual Unisong Social/Political Honorable Mentions". 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Josephine Lynette Diaz". Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Miller, Heather (2008-09-22). "Interview with Lynette Diaz". Lyrical Venus. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  6. ^ Dekker, Nusi. "Emotion laid bare...". Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Play Lists by Genre - Acoustic". 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  8. ^ "Lynette Diaz & Friends". 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Acoustic Couch Series". Christchurch notices. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  10. ^ "Lunchtime Series - Lynette Diaz". New Zealand Women’s Acoustic Collective. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  11. ^ "Calendar". Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  12. ^ "Lynette Diaz takes home an 'Honorable Mention' in the 2008 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest". 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Music to animals' ears" (PDF). The Press. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  14. ^ "RSPCA Canterbury Fundraiser Concert". Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  15. ^ "FemAcoustica". Retrieved 2009-10-12. 

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