Pictured: Amanda Grace Sudano and Abner Ramriez  - former church worship leaders - Now Johnnyswim - the music I think is good but as people I think they've lost touch.

Pictured: Amanda Grace Sudano and Abner Ramriez – former church worship leaders – Now Johnnyswim – the music I think is good but as people I think they’ve lost touch.

They’ve been called the duo “you should know about” – Johnnyswim, otherwise known as Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez.

What I want to do is share about the difference between the ‘people’ – that I’ve experienced – vs the music.

The music is good. The performance on Craig Ferguson was amazing. I took the time to check it out.

I think there is a big difference – just based on my experience – between the music and stage personas – those that give interviews – sit in the late night talk show sofas – and do Public Relations / Press Days – and the people themselves. In my experience, as worship leaders and church attendees, these were nice people.

In my opinion, success changed them.  I say again, the music was good.

But the people. That’s a different story. I can only speak to my experience.

I met Amanda Sudano in New York back at the beginning of the new milennium. She came to my church. She was VERY friendly and a sister of another member I knew a little better, Brooklyn Sudano. Amanda came to visit several times.  She used to email me and it was a fairly friendly exchange. In church she and Brookly even introduced me to their mother, Donna Summer.

Then I moved to Nashville and started going to “Church at the Globe” where I met Abner Ramirez. He led worship at that church – in rotation. I used to help with displaying the lyrics on the screen. Having just moved to Nashville, I told Abner I was trying to make friends and he said he’d be a friend. I really didn’t hear much from him, only when I needed the set list on Sundays.  I tried to have conversations but Abner wasn’t very responsive.

As I settled into Nashville, I tried to reach out to Abner and Amanda more – especially after I started doing community outreach – I remember asking for their help with inner city kids – but those asks never got a response – the exact same kids they led worship for at Church at the Globe. I never heard from them again  – and I tried several times – until I saw they were Johnnyswim.  They made a Facebook plea to buy the EP on Itunes and I did.

I enjoy the music. But the two church members I knew as Abner Ramirez and Amanda Grace Sudano seemed no more – and in their place…was “Johnnyswim”.  Go buy the album, go support the shows, but at least from my point of view, the people I knew in church…are long gone. Johnnyswim success seems to have sunk those two great people into the ocean – in my opinion.