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Fernando Ortega


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Fernando Ortega is an adult contemporary in contemporary music. He is noted both for his interpretations of many traditional hymns and songs, such as “Give Me Jesus” and “Be Thou My Vision,” and for writing clear, easily understood songs, such as “This Good Day.”

Ortega was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico near the banks of the Rio Grande. He started learning piano at eight years of age. Through his father’s work with the United States Department of State, he also spent time in Ecuador and Barbados. It is from his heritage and classical training at The University of New Mexico where Ortega derives his sound, embracing , , , , , , and hymnody. Fernando Ortega currently leads worship at Christ the King Anglican Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His album Storm reached No. 197 on the Billboard 200 in 2002, and Christmas Songs reached No. 36 on the Billboard Christmas Album Chart in 2009.


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  • allan4570

    wonderful, uplifting words and biblical scriptures put to music.

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • gospoman05

    Welcome to the 500,000 club!

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
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  • roots-roy

    Great !

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • PureNard

    to shoulderangel: If you're seeking authentic and biblical songwriters, also check out the work of Rich Mullins, Billy Crockett, Charlie Peacock, and Mark Heard. (I'll second schleichface's recommendation of Keith Green.)

    10 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Milehigh_7

    Fernando is like an old family friend. When my family needs a calm in the storm and a reminder that our God is still on the throne, Fernando get played. Even my 15 year old son who is in to MUCH heavier music keeps Mr. Ortega on his iPod.

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • barnkat36

    When our oldest son past away , I found one of Fernando's song on ShadowMountion sunday service! It was a song about a light house, so comforting, I love his music!

    5 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Milehigh_7

    Oh yes, give Sarah Groves a listen. Also, Watermark, Jenny Owens, Ana Laura, Jill Paquette and Caedmons Call. There are many others this is a very good time to be a believer and a music lover!

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • schleichface

    Also, in a less explicitly religious vein, check out the Innocence Mission ( They're here on, too.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • schleichface

    to shoulderangel: You can't go wrong with Jesus music! In particular I recommend Honeytree, Keith Green, and The All Saved Freak Band. The last of these may be a little on the freaky tip for you, but trust me they're GOOD. You can find out more at

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • schleichface

    (in belated answer to notanatheist): Hymns & Meditations is good for all the reasons that Hymns of Worship is. Same for Meditations of the Heart, but that's an instrumental: all just piano, nothing else, and it's simply wonderful. Storm is a magnificent album, a mixture of religious and spiritually minded non-religious songs. All of that album is great, but City of Sorrows especially left me breathless.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • shoulderangel

    Fernando Ortega is the ONLY fairly popular Christian artist that I know of whose music is edifying and Biblical and not simply intended to sell a record. It is such a blessing to listen to music that glorifies God! Does anyone know of other Godly Christian musicians?

    13 Jul 2008 Reply
  • JapaneseCookies

    This Good Day is such a nice, lovely song. I should listen to it every day when I wake up to get my mind in the right mood.

    23 May 2008 Reply
  • notanatheist

    What albums do other listeners have? I own Breaking of the Dawn and Hymns of Worship both of which are incredible. I'd be interesting in knowing what others think of any of the other albums.

    11 Oct 2007 Reply
  • ReContraMil

    His music is peaceful and soothing.

    7 Aug 2007 Reply
  • oaxacaborn

    i can't imagine a world without fernando. he's been so instrumental in my walk with the Lord, that a world without fernando would seem barren and void. he's uh-mazing.

    31 Mar 2007 Reply
  • aannggiiee

    I really don't get why he isn't more popular. his music is so beautiful.. and not cheesy!

    26 Oct 2006 Reply
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