Buddy Abeyta, Vice Chair

Music Commission Vice Chair, Juan C. “Buddy” Abeyta


Buddy Abeyta, with his brother Amado Abeyta are founding members of Sol Fire and 7th generation New Mexicans. They are known for their original music, a unique sound that fuses rock with pop, R&B and Latin influences. The sons of local music legend Chris Abeyta, a mainstay of the Santa Fe music scene, they plan to keep the flame burning for many generations to come.

After playing in local bands for many years on the Santa Fe scene, including Buddy & The Lush, the brothers formed Sol Fire in 2002. Two years later, they entered the studio and released their debut album, “Self Titled.”

Since then, Sol Fire has become a household name in Santa Fe and New Mexico.

In the summer of 2006, Sol Fire released their second studio album, “Third Floor Serenade.” The buzz around their second release took Sol Fire to new heights when they were chosen as only one of three bands to be showcased in the New Mexico Lottery Powerball commercials and ad campaigns. They were also the only band chosen to produce two commercials, one in English and one in Spanish, proving that their music can reach a diverse audience.

In 2007, their original song, “She’s Got,” was chosen for the national compilation album “The After After Party” sponsored by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Sol Fire also co-wrote and produced music for United Way of Central New Mexico’s ad campaign. In addition, many of their songs have been used in ads for the City of Santa Fe, local films, and national streaming playlists.

Sol Fire has also been honored with many other great opportunities, including opening for Ozomatli, English Beat (who are some of the brothers’ personal heroes), Yerba Buena, The Iguanas, Groupo Fantasma, Paul Rodriguez, Quetzal, and Los Lobos.

Ten days before the 2008 election, Sol Fire sang the national anthem and performed an acoustic set before George Lopez and then Presidential candidate Barack Obama who spoke at a rally in Albuquerque, N.M., with over 45,000 people in attendance. They have also opened speaking engagements for Former President Bill Clinton on two different occasions.

Their original sound has taken the band to a variety of venues, such as performing the National Anthem at the University of New Mexico Pit, The John Steinbeck Center, St. Mary’s University, Tingley Coliseum, headlining the Santa Fe Fiesta’s street dance, and headlining the burning of Zozobra multiple times with crowds of 40,000 plus. They are a mainstay for the tree lighting on the Santa Fe Plaza, the 4th of July, and play up to 150 shows a year as a duo and band.

Being able to share their music with so many different people has been Sol Fire’s greatest honor. Through the success that they have gained in New Mexico, the brothers of Sol Fire have proven their dedication to their music by self-producing all of their albums. Their latest EP was released last year and is getting airplay on several local radio stations. The EP’s first single is “Sophies Song.” An ode to his daughter and Autism Awareness. The full album will be released in early 2021 via all major streaming services as well as vinyl.



Music Commissioner Zenobia


Zenobia grew up singing in a Baptist church in East L.A. and made her professional theater debut at 18 in the L.A. and Broadway casts of HAiR.  Studio backup singer: her claim to fame was in 1982 in NYC, when she debuted the disco hit, “It’s Raining Men” (co-written by HAiR alumni Paul Jabara).  Advertising career: as an award-winning commercial producer, Zenobia produced huge talents Luther Van Dross, Lou Rawles, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Martin, Ossie Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, James Brown and Richie Havens, etc. Musician/singer/songwriter: 2001 – debuted her first CD, “Home”. 2014 – her CD “Resurrection” included the contemporary gospel single, “One More Night”, winner of the “Best Gospel Song” award/New Mexico Music Awards.  Zenobia and music partner, Jay Boy Adams, released their album, “How Long, How Long” in 2014 and tour the US/Europe with their band.  Zenobia is featured on Jay Boy’s Billboard-charted Americana CD, “Let It Go”.


Sara Diaz, Secretary

Music Commission Secretary, Sara Diaz


Five-time Telly Award winner Sara Diaz doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. By the age of five years old, her parents recognized her talent and sent her to Rayna Krasner’s School for Singing and Dramatics in Chicago; she studied with Rayna from age five through her second year of high school.

Sara started performing at the ripe young age of 7 years old, singing songs from the Great American Songbook and some popular songs of the day. Much to her parent’s chagrin, her ears were listening to the R & B/soul (and of course The Beatles) and the thumping bass lines of the popular sounds of the day. All she wanted was to be a singing bass player in a rock n roll band, but that was not to be…

At the age of 17 her family up and moved to Los Angeles, where she was enrolled in a brand new college in Culver City, CA., as a voice major. Things took a hard turn when she was recruited to the theater department in that school, ostensibly to perform in musicals. Sara continued to take more professional level voice and performance lessons, audition, and eventually became a go-to for songwriters who needed their compositions recorded for demos, to sell to established artists, television and film music supervisors, etc. She preferred the studio work to live performance.

One fateful day her theater professor took her to the famous closing auctions at MGM Studios, where she sat right next to one of her costume design touchstones, the famous film costume designer Edith Head, during the famous ‘Wizard of Oz” auctions and once again, she experienced a complete shift and was guided to further her education at what was at the time, the preeminent school for costume and fashion in Los Angeles.

Still singing demos and going on auditions, Sara and two of her design school classmates opened an atelier in Beverly Hills, and as fate would have it, she started designing and creating clothing for musicians, some of them household names.

As life would have it, Sara married a musician and once again her career took a new turn to video and TV production, specifically fashion/music TV, ultimately working with Fortune 50 companies in the fashion world, creating their global fashion/trend reports, and transforming the industry standard, from slide shows to music video-style presentations. Her music background proved to be instrumental in creating evocative, compelling, and highly successful programming, yielding five Telly Awards. Music was always in the mix as a way to tell the story…