Getting to Know Me More
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received?
I’ve been told that I look like the “Christian Mario Lopez.”
What was the first live concert you ever attended?
My first concert was the incredible BeBe and CeCe Winans. That’s when I knew without a doubt that music was going to be my life!
What cartoon character best represents your personality? And why?
I LOVE the Minions, maybe because they remind me of the Binions! But I’ll have to go old school and say Popeye The Sailor Man. He was an average guy until he busted open that can of spinach. I feel average, too, sometimes until I remember who I am in Christ and then I feel like I can do anything. Jesus is my spinach! (HAHA)
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever worked on?
The hardest I’ve ever worked was when my a cappella group, TEN, was competing on The Sing-Off by executive producer Mark Burnett. That production schedule was ridiculously tiring but well worth the experience.
What’s your biggest “mic drop” moment?
One of my biggest “mic drop” moments was when I led the Super Bowl Gospel Choir at Super Bowl 45. It was made up of NFL players at the Dallas Cowboy stadium where we opened for Tim McGraw. That was an incredible night I’ll never forget!
What is something unexpected that has changed about you in the last few years?
I once said that I would never sing worship music because I was a PK (preacher’s kid) and burned myself out at an early age. But look where God has me today! Daystar wasn’t supposed to be a part of my plan, but God’s plans are always better than mine.
What punctuation mark best describes your personality? Why?
A period best describes my personality because I’m very “matter of fact.” I try not to be moved by negative or positive influences, but rather walk in truth of God’s Word.
How did you become a Daystar Singer?
Chuck Bethany called and said that Daystar was looking for a great singer who could sing in English and Spanish and had a little soul to him. I said, “Well, I don’t know anybody like that, but I could try!” All kidding aside, I was honored to get that call and being a part of the Daystar Singers has been one of the greatest blessings of my life! I love worshipping the Lord each week with such incredible people!
What is your favorite memory as a Daystar Singer, and why?
During one of my first outreach experiences with Daystar, we went to a women’s shelter in Arlington. There, I saw Joni Lamb making beds and doing the same work as everyone else. It made such a powerful impression on me, and I felt so proud of the leadership at Daystar. They are truly the same behind the scenes as they are in front of the camera, and that means a lot.
Tell us about a time when God has been great in your life.
I’ve experienced God’s greatness in so many ways! From being in New York City on September 11th and not being harmed, to safely flying over the Sea of Japan while North Korea was testing missiles, God has always been faithful. One story in particular was when my sister was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma cancer and given one year to live. She had a 10% chance of survival, so we prayed and God answered. Nine months later, the doctor told us that she had no trace of cancer! He was puzzled and said there was undeniable proof that she had it, but ”something” happened and it was gone. God is Great!
John “Jontez” Montes is a nationally known singer and aspiring songwriter. As the oldest of five children who grew up on a farm, John learned early on the importance of hard work and serving others. During his early years, John’s grandfather had a big impact on his spiritual life, teaching him to trust in God in all things. It’s a lesson that would continue guiding him as his purpose would unfold in the years ahead.
John’s journey into music has been a lifelong adventure, playing a huge role in his family legacy’s. As his talent grew, John began playing with his cousin’s band, learning both the saxophone and keyboard. He began singing after high school and eventually went on to lead the Gospel Choir that performed at Super Bowl 45 at Cowboy Stadium. In the years that followed, God continued opening new doors, leading John to join the acappella group, Ten, and compete on NBC’s hit show, Sing Off. Today, John serves as a member of the Daystar Singers and Band and loves sharing his passion for worship and music with audiences all over the world.