Angela Ortiz

Angela Ortiz

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

The singer/songwriter/pianist blends the bubbly piano pop of Ben Folds, the thoughful lyricism of Aimee Mann, and the gut-punching vocal delivery of Amy Winehouse to create subtle, yet simmering grit-pop.

Biography

HIGHLIGHTS

**Currently in the studio working on her sophomore album with producers Sammy Merendino (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins) and Bill Whitman (Cyndi Lauper, Patty Smith, The Fixx).

**Selected from over 1500 applicants to showcase at Diversafest 2008 with headliners The Roots, Paramore, The All-American Rejects, and Phantom Planet.

**Winner of the Silver Award at the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

**Debut album "All About You" has recently made CDBaby.com's jazz pop best seller list.

**Debut album "All About You" licensed to Random Chance Records and distributed worldwide via City Hall Records (Sarah MacLachlan, Amos Lee).

**Angela is featured on NPR's 'Open Mic' program.

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BIO

The daughter of two schoolteachers, Angela taught herself to play piano in a house on twenty-four acres of evergreen forest in woefully rural western New York State. But, living idyllically in the middle of nowhere afforded little Angela the chance to throw herself headlong into the creation of what has become her own unique brand of piano-based, alternative soul-pop.

Giving up small town living for the unpredictability of the Big City, Angela moved to New York City to study music at NYU. While there, studying classical voice, she discovered that it was ultimately more fulfilling to sing her own words, so she began writing songs during the time that she was supposed to be practicing "Oh, dry the glist'ning tear".

The songs she began to write in hijacked college practice rooms became the foundation for her first album, "All About You". Self-produced, and recorded entirely at home, these eleven tracks include collaborations with some of the best musicians in the NYC music scene. The songs deal with everyday issues like disappointment and gratitude, self-doubt and self-indulgence, but mostly they revolve around a burning desire to answer the constant question, "What's next?"

Selected songs from "All About You" were awarded The Silver Award (Pop) at The Mid-Atlantic Songwriter's Awards, garnering the interest of Random Chance Records, who licensed "All About You" and made it available worldwide through City Hall Records. The album has also, just recently made the top 25 Jazz Pop all-time best sellers on CDBaby.com.

Now making the rounds in New York, this bright new buzz artist has had her music featured on NPR's 'Open Mic' program, popular indie radio stations such as NextBigHit.com, Harris Radio, Radio Crystal Blue, and Nefarious Bovine Radio in NYC, and has performed on the popular television show "Poughkeepsie Live". She has also performed at various NYC venues such as Caffe Vivaldi, Rockwood Music Hall, Mo Pitkins, The Sidewalk Cafe, Googie's Lounge, The Cutting Room, The New Leaf Cafe, Pete's Candy Store, Kenny's Castaways, The C-Note and Alphabet Lounge, showcased at various conferences and festivals including Diversafest, Millennium Music Conference and the Dewey Beach Chickfest, and has held solo tour dates at numerous venues in cities across the country. In April - June of 2007, Angela teamed up with fellow Brooklyn-based songstresses Gretchen Witt and Luciar to succesfully tour with "Oh, Sweet Indie!".

A recent review on TheRedAlert.com states, "If Tori Amos is the standard that all aspiring female piano pop artists will need to live up to, then Ortiz does not have a problem living up to these standards; in fact, she rises above them."

And she's just getting started.

She is currently working on new material for her sophomore album.

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NOTABLE QUOTES

"I usually don't say this to performers, but you're AMAZING!"
-Paul de Revere, NPR's "All Songs Considered"

"Ortiz is at turns uplifting, sarcastic, and refreshingly honest... a treasure of independence and originality."
-Larry Sakin, BlogCritics.com

"If a powerful voice, combined with considerable piano chops and the ability to write interesting songs are the formula for success, then Ortiz is ready to make her mark."
-Art Edelstein, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

"A beautiful contrast to the music scene�s overall darkness."
-Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music.com

Lyrics

Steven

Written By: Angela Ortiz

Steven, why do you disappoint me?
We had a good run of it, but now I’m weary.
No one I know has made such a wonderful living out of being such a miserable wretch.

Steven, why do you disappoint me?
I’ve listened to too much and now you bore me.
No one I know can be such a definite hypocrite and loved for that.

You’re always at your best when you’re at your worst.
You didn’t know I knew it was all rehearsed.

See I knew when this began
you were a very tiring man.
Now it’s too egregious and seems too planned,
and I can’t isolate myself the way you can.

Steven, why do you disappoint me?
I love your voice but your words annoy me.
No one I know could have made such a wonderful living out of being such a cynical ass.

You’re always at your best when you’re at your worst.
You didn’t know I knew it was all rehearsed.

Congratulations, little man!
You’ve succeeded in boring your only fan.
But it’s too egregious and seems too planned.
I can’t isolate myself the way you can.

Steven, why?
Steven, why?
Steven, why?
Steven, why do you disappoint me so?

We Must Be All Right

Written By: Angela Ortiz

In tiny towns along the Blue Ridge Mountains, the reddest sun sets on the Susquehanna.
Charlie has had a tough time today.
Because he’s looked to the skies, but he’s had to look away.

But we’re still alive so we must be all right.
We have survived so we must be all right.
For today.

A stiffness sets in, then the first frost of the season.
You thought you’d prepared, but you had thought wrong.
Now it’s on your doorstep, letting itself in.
He’s closer to you the further he gets from home.

But we’re still alive so we must be all right.
We have survived so we must be all right.
For today. Any other day, maybe not.
But today we can be happy, so go along with it.
Just don’t believe them when they tell you why.

He said to me, “This is all perfectly acceptable.
But just tell me is this all you have to give?”
He said to me, “This is all really respectable.
But just tell me is this how you want to live?”

But we’re still alive so we must be all right.
We have survived so we must be all right.
For today. Any other day, maybe not.
But today we can be happy, so go along with it.
Just don’t believe them when they tell you why.

Everyone Changes

Written By: Angela Ortiz

You’ve claimed too much space in my tiny mind.
But I’ve caught up with myself and you’re too far behind.

I really only do what pleases me.
and you do the same so we never agree.

See everyone changes their mind. But everyone waits til it’s too late now.
No one remembers the last time at all, at all.

I could make it all better or let myself lose.
I know I have the power but I’m too dumb to choose.

I’m remembering less as each day thunders past.
I always think now, will be what will last.

See everyone changes their mind. But everyone waits til it’s too late now.
No one remembers the last time at all, at all.

Take this damn cross off my back. The guilt is mine already.
I’ve got a long list of things to do. For the present it’d be pleasant to forget about you.

But there’s something wrong, you see.
There’s something wrong.
There’s something wrong with me.
Certainly something wrong.

See everyone changes their mind. But everyone waits til it’s too late now.
No one remembers the last time at all, at all.

Finish What You Started

Written By: Angela Ortiz

Most people, they have one of you.
The one that gives them a headache or two.
You'll destroy yourself with your stubborn virtue.

You sit around watching Ricki Lake.
Resigned to pay for an admittedly big mistake.
Just trying to kill time until you’ve dulled the ache.

That’s not you, man.
Straighten up now, make a plan.
Somewhere in there you know why you began.
You gotta finish what you started.

So most days you just want to scream.
Playing hide and seek with your slippery self-esteem.
If I might say so it’s not as bad as it seems.

So here’s what I think you should do.
Not that you don't have advice enough to listen to.
But just act like the person I knew-
(before this all started, because)

That’s not you, man.
Straighten up now, make a plan.
Somewhere in there you know why you began.
You gotta finish what you started.

Days go on and on
In your private pity marathon
No matter what I do
I can’t make you happier by loving you

That’s not you, man.
Straighten up now, make a plan.
Somewhere in there you know why you began.
You gotta finish what you started.

Days of Lemonade

Written By: Angela Ortiz

Jumping rope and stealing candy
from the five and dime
that was how me & Holly
spent most of our time.

Watching lightning on the porch in spring
bangle bracelets on
Killing time before the morning bell rings
Nothing could go wrong

And so you think that days gone by
will never really fade
But here we are waving goodbye
to the days of lemonade

We always knew he’d be a writer
that’s what everyone said
So he went away to write about real life
and found reality was dead.

When he came back he vowed to be the next Wilde
and nurtured a tragic soul
while looking for his inner child.
Now, he won’t see us anymore.

And so you think that days gone by
will never really fade
But here we are waving goodbye
to the days of lemonade

They say the world is changing. Maybe it’s true.
But if the world is changing, then so are you.
You’d tune it all out, if you could
but sitting in silence won’t do any good.

And so you think that days gone by
will never really fade
But here we are waving goodbye
to the days of lemonade

I Won't Remember

Written By: Angela Ortiz

You begin to begin again, but the story's been the same since I don't when.
It's a wash, and so are we. Pack it up, pack it in and do it quietly.

Always ready to discuss it again - I've written you off so much there's no more ink in my pen.
And now my blood's on the rise, and all you do is sit around and rhapsodize.

But I won't remember when you tell me everyday that I am the one.
No, I won't remember. It doesn't matter what you say it only matters what you've done.

I know. It's how you process. But saying everything you're thinking just makes a mess.
And so you say, "Let's talk it out." But talking now is something I can do without.

Because I won't remember when you tell me everyday that I am the one.
No, I won't remember. It doesn't matter what you say it only matters what you've done.

There was a time when I hung on every word that you said.
Searching for clues into the inner circles of your head.
Those were the days when it mattered what you said to me.
But now I don't hear you. You aren't what you pretend to be.

At last, we're left in silence. When you're quiet it's the only moment that you make sense.
Just admit, it's what you do. And not what you say that makes you you.

Because I won't remember when you tell me everyday that I am the one.
No, I won't remember. It doesn't matter what you say it only matters what you've done.

No I won't remember, I'll forget 'cause you said it even if it's true.
No, I won't remember. It doesn't matter what you say it only matters what you do.

The Commuter

Written By: Angela Ortiz

I am sure that the world is in on it.
Still, there's nothing I can do but accept it.
And the one thing I know is never interrupt the show.
Go to work, then come home and watch TV.

But there's something hidden inside of me.
That says maybe there is more than just a 40-hour week.
Something sparks, then it glows, maybe there's more than what I know.
What if I'm not the amount in my account?

Well the grind has got me good but c'est la vie.
I'm not the first one to predict my history.
Work until i retire, buy a house in Lincolnshire.
Why do we do what we do for what we get.

'Cause there's something hidden inside of me that wants to live for what I love and not to serve a company.
Something sparks, then it glows, maybe there's more than what I know.
What if I'm not the amount in my account?

What did I think about when I was a kid?
Did I think I would become the person I did?
Did I want answers, real answers, at one time?

I am sure that this is what was meant for me.
And that's ok because I think that I'm happy.
There's an itch now and then, but nothing that I can't amend by filling up and hosing off my SUV.

But there's something hidden inside of me.
That says maybe there is more than just a 40-hour week.
If everything is aligned, then why do I feel so resigned?
What if I'm not the amount in my account?

The King

Written By: Angela Ortiz

Listen – it’s the least you can do.
And it does not require any effort from you.
You can just stand right there in your second-hand suit.
But just listen to me for a while.

I’m trying to put some ill-feelings to rest,
But every time we talk it becomes a contest
And you won’t allow yourself to rank second best.
So you shout me down just like a child.
Yeah, you shout me down.

But what makes you the king, the king of everything we are and everything we might have turned into?
Would you be guilt free if I laid the blame on me and said, "Baby, you did the best you could do?"

What makes you so special?
What makes this all right?
What makes you so special?
What makes this all right?

Frustration – brought me to the conclusion,
That I must remain lucid to avoid the confusion,
That arises from the ill-fated romantic illusion,
That love is just something that happens.

It’s so funny how we flip and we twist,
Just to prove to ourselves that our will still exists.
It’s the same small world now as it was when we kissed,
But I find that you’re always remapping.
Always remapping.

But what makes you the king, the king of everything we are and everything we might have turned into?
Would you be guilt free if I laid the blame on me and said, "Baby, you did the best you could do?"

What makes you so special?
What makes this all right?
What makes you so special?
What makes this all right?

Love, it’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
Love, you are the opposite of me.
Love, we’ve seen this push and pull before.
Love, I will not fight you anymore.

But what makes you the king, the king of everything we are and everything we might have turned into?
Would you be guilt free if I laid the blame on me and said, "Baby, you did the best you could do?"

What makes you so special?
What makes this all right?
What makes you so special?
What makes this all right?

Ordinary Person

Written By: Angela Ortiz

I was an ordinary person until you arrived.
And I was an ordinary person until you readjusted my life.
And I was an ordinary person until you ran me up up up a hill.
And I was a simple little person until you simply wilted my will.

Now I'm so tired that I can't sleep.
So weak and wired; and emotional freak.

And I was an ordinary person until you got into my head.
Yeah I was a conversational person until I heard the things you said.

And then you ask me, "What'cha gonna do?"
Well I guess I could start disconnecting my heart from your sentimental point of view.
Then again you ask me, "Where you gonna go?" OH...
The questions you would ask me, yeah the things you always ask me. The things you always ask me - you should know.

Yeah I was an ordinary person until I was side-lined.
And I was a level-headed person until you made me lose my mind.

Now I'm so blue, yeah. You wasted me.
So I hate you for loving me.

Company

Written By: Angela Ortiz

All The things you said to yourself over time they were just to get you by.

You said them over and over until after awhile they ceased to satisfy.

And if we're just here from fear of what's in us, then this isn't love.

We've tip-toed down this road too long and now it's time to give it up and run.

We know better than just to smile to avoid the void of emptiness this lack of love leaves us with.

And to the letter, I followed my heart.
But the truth will set us free and now we're no one's company.

Waiting for the tide to bring me more.

I'm a victim of what I chose to ignore.

But now I sit with sand in my mouth, building castles that the tide will drag back out.

And it's funny how we always come down to the same situation.

We pick and prod and pray to God but it's always the damn conversation.

Now we know better than just to smile to avoid the void of emptiness this lack of love leaves us with.

And to the letter, I followed my heart.
But the truth will set us free and now we're no one's company.

You're never really gone but you're not really here.
And I am so tired of having the same fight with no one, again and again.

Now we know better than just to smile to avoid the void of emptiness this lack of love leaves us with.

And to the letter, I followed my heart.
But the truth will set us free and now we're no one's company.

One In A Million

Written By: Angela Ortiz

I can kinda remember the day that we met
You said "Hey, how are ya?" and the rest I forget
I'n not sure what happened and it wasn't the beer
I guess I was just fazed, you were finally here.

And the last time I saw you I had to admit - I was scared by your charm and your disarming wit.
but for some unknown reason you smiled and stayed, and from that moment on I'd always be okay.

But what are the chances that in my life you would land?
Out of all, all of the people in this world who don't understand.
It was one, one in a million that you'd love me.
It was like winning the lottery the day that you bumped into me.

Every morning I wake up to the alarm.
There you are soundly sleeping, your head on my arm.
That's when the weight of existence lifts off of my chest.
if there's one thing I know, I know you are the best.

But what are the chances that in my life you would land?
Out of all, all of the people in this world who don't understand.
It was one, one in a million that you'd love me.
It was like winning the lottery the day that you bumped into me.

We talk about who we want to be.
Never enough to just say this is me.
but you found something beautiful that I couldn't see.
And I saw the same in you.

But what are the chances that in my life you would land?
Out of all, all of the people in this world who don't understand.
It was one, one in a million that you'd love me.
It was like winning the lottery the day that you bumped into me.

The Bomb

Written By: Angela Ortiz

How do I dismantle this bomb,
built as a defense against your abnormal calm.
Back when there was no cause for alarm.
You had learned your lesson and you never meant no more harm.

But you, you fucked it up again.
You act like you never know where you've been -
and I just go along with it.
Until I think that maybe it's better, it's better like this.

And I do appreciate-
you were always sincere, even when you were late.
But now, I can't detonate.
When i was beginning to feel that I just might relate.

Because you, you fucked it up again.
You act like you never know where you've been -
and I just go along with it.
Until I think that maybe it's better, it's better like this.

Okay, maybe you're right.
Yeah I know, you've given it a pretty good fight but -
maybe someday you'll see that the fight you've been going at,
has got nothing to do with me.

You fucked it up again.
You act like you never know where you've been -
and I just go along with it.
Until I think that maybe it's better, it's better like this.

Discography

All About You (Mar. 20th, 2007) - re-released internationally on Random Chance Records
All About You (Sept. 19th, 2006) - released in September 2006

**"Cheshire Cat" played on NPR (2/6/07)**

--Other Radio Airplay--
USA:
88.5 WFDD, Winston-Salem, NC
90.0 WWSP, Madison, WI
88.1 KZSC, Santa Cruz, CA
103.3 KUMD, Duluth, MN
96.7 & 92.7 KMFB-FM, Gualala, CA
and many more...

INTERNATIONAL:
Jazz Radio FM, Mosina, POLAND
Alooga Radio, Sinzig, GERMANY
Radio Unerhart, Marburg, GERMANY
94.1 FM Radio 2, Skpoje, MACEDONIA (!)
Soundwave FM, Onakawa, Napier, NEW ZEALAND
Highland FM, Bowral, AUSTRALIA
Frequence Paris Plurielle FM, Paris, FRANCE
Radio Incontro, Pesaro, ITALY
Radio VRW, Tongeren, Limburg, BELGIUM
Kropotkina 108, Minsk, BELARUS
Zeitgeist Radio, Edinburgh, UK
and many more...

--Web & Podcasts--
Hogtown Radio (Internet Radio) (8/07)
Radio Crystal Blue (Internet Radio) (10/06, 7/07 - 9/07)
Harris Radio (Internet Radio) - 'Live in NYC' show (9/06 - still spinning as of 9/07)
Indie Launchpad Radio Podcast (4/07)
NFB Radio Podcast (12/06)
NextBigHit.com Podcast (10/06)

Set List

Typical set list includes 10-12 original songs, but can include up to 25.

On a whim, covers could inlcude anything from The Impressions to Carole King to Weezer.

Sometimes solo, sometimes with clarinet/sax/flute, sometimes with a full band. Depends on the venue.