Hello and thanks for visiting here! My name is Jimmy Cruz. I’m an Atlanta-area musician, primarily an electric and acoustic guitarist and instrumental music composer as well as a professional guitar instructor. You might have linked here from watching one of my YouTube videos or from my Guitar Lesson website while investigating me as a prospective guitar teacher. Either way, welcome and thank you again for dropping by!
At this website, I share a little bit about me, and post the various video performances, music audios and blog posts about the back story behind my song performances or musical happenings. Some of the music posted here are songs I wrote or were written by others and I had performed on them. Some songs found here are personal renditions that I may have arranged and performed. Whatever brought you here, please look around and I hope you found your time here worthwhile.
My Latest Work on musical Collaborations and songs
Latest Recording Collaboration:
Lately, I’ve been contributing guitar work on songs written by a talented, young Virginia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist: Erin Reilly. Erin graduated with a degree in music education and is prolific as a songwriter. Besides singing and writing, she plays piano, violin and viola. She sings, plays and writes in a wide range of styles. Her latest work has included some rather sophisticated rocking songs. I’ve teamed up with her a few months ago to help add my guitar work on those tunes. Click Here to read my blog post about that and to hear some of Erin’s songs with my guitar work.
A few months back I’ve worked on a couple of Jazz / Rock pieces: “The Fool Has Said in His Heart…” and “Blinded by the Darkness”. Both of these are tunes that I embedded Bible verses regarding the theme of the songs. Click here to listen to those songs. I plan to do more of these. I have 3 more that I’ve written but haven’t yet recorded.
Prior to that, I’ve worked on, what I call, my Gospel Jazz Project in which I’ve taken a classic church hymn that has had a special meaning to me and rearranged it into a contemporary gospel jazz instrumental. I’ve recorded about 6 songs in that project. There are more that I plan on doing here and there. Those old church hymns are wonderful and replete with strong biblical doctrine interwoven in finely composed lyrics. I wish I could sing them but I haven’t got much of a voice, so the fingers the guitar will have to do for now. Read below about listen to those and downloading for free.
Free downloads of my Gospel Jazz Project
Over the years people have asked me if I had a CD available of my music and as of yet I haven’t made my songs available as a CD to purchase. I do however allow the songs to be heard through streaming them online. Since a few folks have asked about my Gospel Jazz Project, renditions of some of my favorite church hymns, I wanted to make these available as free downloads for anyone who wanted them.
These hymns have always been special to me and I enjoyed redoing them in my own style and recording them. I hope they might be a blessing to others as they were a way for me to honor my Lord and Savior Jesus through His gift in me. The recordings aren’t the pristine quality as you would get from those recorded in a professional recording studio. These were done as a DIY home recording project. Click Here to go to the song list to download or listen.