Born and raised in Colombia, Javier Iván Daz is an influential singer and contemporary Catholic composer of bilingual and Spanish-language music. A composer from the age of 17, he has a masters degree in choral conducting as well as a bachelor of arts in music. While he began his college career at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, Iván later moved to the U.S. and completed his studies at Florida Atlantic University.
Iván has served as the choir director of NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference), music director of the NCCYM (National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry), and as a high school choral director. Songs from his first album, Honor y Gloria a Él, are included in several OCP collections, including: Bendito, Bendito; Entre Tus Manos; and El Señor Nos Invita vol. 3: Songs for Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. His most recent collection, Nuestra Alegría/Our Joy, contains Spanish and bilingual versions of English-language favorites, serving as a musical bridge for Hispanic and multicultural communities.
The USCCB invited Iván to lead the project of creating the official English-language theme song for World Youth Day Lisbon 2023, “Feel the Rush in the Air.” In addition to the translation, recording and video work for that song, he was invited to sing in person at World Youth Day Lisbon 2023. Iván also participated in several events, concerts and catechetical sites of World Youth Day Panama 2019. His song, “Nuestra Alegría/Our Joy,” was chosen as the official youth and young adult song for the V Encuentro. He has appeared on EWTN, Shalom World TV, Vatican News, Rome Reports and more.
Iván is involved in national and diocesan youth conventions, Hispanic and multicultural conventions, music workshops and other events all across the country. He hopes that his music and testimony become instruments for all to experience the love of God.
He currently lives in Miami, Florida, where he attends the Church of the Little Flower in Hollywood, Florida, and is the director of campus ministry at St. Thomas University.