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"The Red Alert Review"

By Janelle Finnamore

Angela Ortiz is a songwriter and singer who has set a definitive new bar in the eclectic pop circle populated by Tori Amos, Kate Bush, and Emily Bezar. Ortiz has an amazingly pure vocal quality and she is able to flawlessly transition from a theatrical belt to a beautiful round head voice. Her 2006 self-released album entitled All About You is written in a style that may be described as Broadway indie pop. Ortiz attended NYU as a vocal performance major, studying classical voice including opera. Her penchant for songwriting, however, gradually supplanted her initial musical goals, although she never lost her musical roots as evinced by the strong classical background in her work.

The album opens with “Everyone Changes,” an upbeat song that flaunts her sharp voice with clear, perfect pitch. Her piano performance is solid as well, heard in the bouncy staccato riff which starts in the beginning and continues throughout the track. “Dustpan” also starts with a catchy piano riff and it is accompanied by sweet warm vocals which are reminiscent of perhaps a Joni Mitchell folk tune. Ortiz’s lyrics in this song are thoughtful and metaphorical as she compares a world to a dustpan. The bridge is an ascending Broadway-esque melody that ends on a sustained vocal.

“Last of Who You Are” includes classical strings that peak after large crescendos as well as vocals that range from dramatic belts to tiny whispers. It is a beautiful ballad painted with images of a “sleepy town on the Pennsylvania border named after a river you never heard of.” “Cheshire Cat,” is a creative tune that allows one to drift off into an Alice in Wonderland fantasy world. The song opens with lyrics: “Tweedlie-dum tweedlie-dee” which are all sung acapella beginning with a single vocal track and eventually building to a lovely three-part harmony. Angela Ortiz’s All About You is just a small taste of what she will bring to the indie piano pop scene. 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.
- RedAlert.com


"MusicDish.com Review - "Best of The Batch""

by Keith Hannalek

Angela Ortiz has an album titled All About You and it serves as a very descriptive lead in to what is inside the CD sleeve. This recording seems to be a biographical and storytelling adventure. I suppose its all in the perception of the listener as it would be with any album. It is hard to distinguish what may be fact or fiction not knowing the artist personally but if you listen to this CD enough you get a good idea from where she is coming from.

After absorbing the thoughtful lyrics and using the music as a background, then switching the order of procession- three spins later it all finally hit home with me. What I found entrancing about Angela is her voice and the way she uses it with the lyrics. She is obviously an individual that has spent many years at her craft, carefully developing her delivery to make every musical note and inflection count for something. I really felt like it all came together as one piece of work that made me stop and think about her stories in each track. Each track is All About You or the particular individual she is directing all her comments to, like in “Song For Lost Friends” or “Mr. Thomas.” Certainly, these people know who they are, and if they didn’t they do now. The introduction is a real head turner called “Everyone Changes,” which serves as the perfect setup for each successive track. The lyrics refer to how people always realize they need to change after the damage has wreaked its havoc upon a life and you have lost your partner or your entire family. “Days of Lemonade” is bittersweet, just like the taste of the drink itself. The track is one of reflection and sadness, intimating that the old days are gone and will never return.

All of these reflective songs are set to tinkling piano and layers of organ, courtesy of the vocalist, and filled in with nicely placed brass, guitars, and percussion. The production is as clean as it gets and the sound is rich and full, allowing Ms. Ortiz to come shining through with her elegant vocals. What is unique about this singer is that she sings and talks at the same time, as if she was reading a well thought out poem or play. Her voice is right on the edge of jazz and Broadway but the music and production bring it out all dressed and ready to go as contemporary pop.

This outstanding indie release deserves several listens before making a final assessment. I listened three times before coming up with mine and I am glad I gave it that opportunity. - MusicDish.com


"Sophisticated singer-songwriter reflects 20-something women"

June 29, 2007
By Art Edelstein, Arts Correspondent

New Yorker Angela Ortiz, who makes her debut performances in Vermont at two venues in July, is an up-and-coming talent with a bright future. If a powerful, almost theatrical 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.

Her first CD, "All About You," shows a singer who stands out from the growing crowd of young musicians trying to make it in an over-crowded musical world.

Ortiz has been compared to Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Laura Nyro. I'll add Billy Joel to that list. She's a fine singer with a voice that is plastic and wide-ranging. She can whisper or project far depending on the song. There's a bit of a rasp in her vocal cords, when needed, suggesting a sexy playfulness.

I heard many familiar piano riffs in Ortiz's style and recognized Joel in this self-taught player's style.

Ortiz' songs on this CD are not hard rock, punk, grunge or folk. This is music best labeled "alt-indie piano pop." There are touches of jazz and Broadway styling in her approach to songwriting. One can almost picture Ortiz, on a song like "Days of Lemonade," on stage delivering her song in a Broadway musical.

Ortiz, who hails from western New York State and has studied vocal performance at New York University, seems to have sopped up the Big Apple's more sophisticated uptown musical influences. This is definitely not Greenwich Village music.

I think Ortiz' lyrics will appeal primarily to women in their 20s, as many of the songs deal with relationships or situations women that age would find themselves in. However, Ortiz' voice is so appealing, and her tunes interesting beyond their lyric quality that we can all enjoy her.

But there are songs such as "Steven" where Ortiz' lyric ability shows genuine creativeness. She writes: "No one I know could make a living out of being such a miserable wretch." Here is one of the best lyric put downs I've heard in many a song. She follows that line with: "You're always at your best when you're at your worst," a devastating commentary on what must be one miserable guy, all packaged in a playful tune.

There are a variety of moods, piano settings and pop styles in Ortiz' music. For her first Vermont trip, she's playing small venues, a soloist and virtual unknown. I suspect after enough of us hear Angela Ortiz' music her next visit will be to bigger clubs with a band to back her. This is an artist on her way up. - The Barre Montpelier Times Argus (Greater Vermont)


"It's 'All About You'"

Angela Ortiz comes to the North Star Cafe

She’s mellow, she’s a hit on NPR’s Open Mic Series and she’s coming to Portland.

NYC performer Angela Ortiz is set for a 9 p.m. show at North Star Cafe on July 13 to promote her debut CD, “All About You.” A singer/songwriter/instrumetalist, Ortiz has a crisp clear voice that blends with piano to create the kind of music that makes a low-key evening or a romantic dinner. She’s self-described as “piano-based, alt/indie pop for the disenchanted” and has drawn comparisons to Tori Amos.

Her disc features backups from acoustic and electric guitars, sax, clarinets, trumpet and flugelhorn, bass and percussion. But it’s the words that really stand out on songs like “Everyone Changes,” “Song for Lost Friends” and “Days of Lemonade.” Ortiz won the Silver Award at the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Songwriter Awards. - The Maine Switch (Portland, ME)


"Angela Ortiz to bring alt-rock sound to Felicia's Atomic Lounge"

by Jim Catalano

ITHACA — Singer-songwriter-pianist Angela Ortiz will make her local debut when she performs at Felicia's Atomic Lounge on Sunday night.

It won't be her first visit to Ithaca, though — she spent a year at Ithaca College before heading off to study vocal performance and musical theater at New York University.

“I sort of remember Ithaca a little bit,” said Ortiz in a phone call from New York City, where she has lived for eight years.

Ortiz grew up in Cuba — not the country in the Caribbean, but the small town in western New York. She absorbed a variety of musical styles in her youth.
“My dad is from Puerto Rico, so he listened to a lot of salsa, but also a lot of Motown, which is a weird combination,” she said. “When I was a kid, I liked singers like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, and that pop stuff. But in the early 1990s I got into alternative, which was huge for me — I was a total grunge head, wearing flannel and not showering.”

She started pursuing songwriting more seriously about five years ago. “I started putting things together, writing songs and actually going out and performing them, and it snowballed from there,” she said.

Inspiration comes from a variety of places.

Usually from things that make her a little mad, “something that gives me a strong reaction in my day-to-day activities,” she said. “But sometimes it's stuff I want to explore more, things I wonder about — maybe I'll figure it out if I write a song about it.”

In March, Ortiz released her debut CD, “All About You,” which has earned positive reviews (and occasional Tori Amos comparisons) for its alt-pop sound. The album actually was recorded three years ago; since then, she's written a lot of new material, much of which she'll draw from on Sunday night.

To learn more about Ortiz, visit www.angelaortiz.com.

There's no cover charge for the 7 p.m. show, but donations will be welcome. For more information, call 273-2219 or visit www.atomicloungeithaca.com. - The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, NY)


"IndieLaunchPad.com Review"

by Colin Meeks

The first thing that struck me square in the ears when I first listened to this CD, was the similarity to Tori Amos. Fortunately however, this proved to be more musically, rather than vocally. Don't get me wrong, I used to enjoy the early Amos stuff, but I think she started walking a bit too much on the wild side for me. Where Amos' voice is filled with angst, anger and at times frustration, Angela's has a soft, soothing and comforting tone.

"Everyone Changes" is the track that opens the album and you can't help but draw the Amos comparisons. The piano is very prominent, as it is for many of the tracks on the album, but it's the voice that soars and really captures the imagination. "Dustpan" really shows Angela's great command of the piano. "Days of Lemonade" could indeed be an Amos track, but there are hints of other influences in there too. "Finish What You Started" is a more rounded track, with a nice drum accompaniment and it is sufficient in giving the track a much fuller sound. "Mr Thomas" has a dreamy, ethereal quality and is just a sheer delight to listen to. It's probably one of my favorite tracks on the album. "Steven" is another track that has that personal feel to it and again has that fuller sound, with what sounds like some clarinet, trumpet and harpsichord, along with the usual piano and amazing vocals.

"Last of Who We Are" has a very reflective feel to it and oh how those vocals really grab you. There's no escaping the Amos influence again with the track "We Must Be Alright". It's probably my least favorite track on the album, but as is often the case, it's more personal preference, rather than a reflection on the tracks qualities. "Cheshire Cat" is a song, with a very interesting vocal intro, leading to a song of great whimsy, with a very relaxed and fun feel to it. "All About You" the title track, is one of the few title tracks I've reviewed lately that actually has some merit in being the title track. That's not to say it's the perfect choice as a title track for the album, but with a voice like Angela's, it's hard to go wrong. The album closes with "Song for Lost Friends" and has a very personal feel to it. Certainly a wonderful choice of song to finish on.

Conclusion : An amazing first album that draws many comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush, Tori Amos amongst others. For anyone who appreciates a more personal album, this is thoroughly recommended. - IndieLaunchPad.com


"NYC Songwriter and Pianist Visits Hill"

by Matt Fernandes

Singer-songwriter Angela Ortiz makes her first visit to St. Louis tomorrow (Wed.), playing at Pop’s Blue Moon tavern on the Hill.

Ortiz grew up in Cuba, NY and taught herself piano using a monophonic keyboard – that’s right, one key at a time. Using little stickers on the keys, she wore out the instrument while memorizing the notes.

She’s been featured on NPR and has won a Mid-Atlantic songwriting award.

Her debut album, “All About You,” consists of well-crafted, ethereal piano tunes along the lines of Tori Amos and Feist. Her songwriting features some twists and turns, with gospel and early-Chicago soul pop influences. She’s in the process of recording her second album, which will lean more heavily on upbeat rock styles, she said.

She’ll play as a duo with Dimitri Motorbocker, a multi-instrumentalist who plays sax, flute, effects and keys. Her St. Louis stop is part of a journey to Diversafest in Tulsa.

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RC: How were you able to teach yourself piano?

AO: I was able to learn on my own because that was all I did all day long for years and years. I never had formal piano lessons in college — I studied voice – so even now I’m learning technique as I go.

RC: What did you listen to growing up?

AO: My dad listened to a lot of Motown, that’s all we listened to when I was a kid. I appreciate the groove element in music, which is where my new music is headed. In the nineties I got really into grunge. Tori Amos was also a big influence along with Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann and Ben Folds.

RC: You wrote a song about Morrissey?

AO: I love him as lyricist — he’s dead on most of the time. I had been writing songs that were influenced by Morrissey and it was just getting really depressing. “Stephen” was about my getting away from Morrissey.

RC: What’s your favorite venue to play in New York?

AO: I like the Rockwood Music Hall. It’s called a hall, but it’s really quite small. They cater to many different genres and they’re really nice to bands, which is not really normal.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"Musical Discoveries"

By Russell Elliot

All About You is an eleven track collection of largely piano-based tunes. The sound is rhythmic and at times very percussive as one would expect of an artist with Angela's influences. This album stands above many singer songwriter efforts because Angela has not overtly copied the style of Tori Amos, Kate Bush or Laura Nyro. Instead, these influences are far more subtle leading to the virgin pure accessibility of the album. It stands alone as its own masterpiece, one that enthusiasts of her influencing artists are going to appreciate significantly.

In addition to Angela's vocal, piano and organ contributions to the project, the album includes contributions from her NYC-based lineup: Ryan Scott (guitars), Dimitri Moderbacher (saxophone, clarinet), Andre Canniere (trumpet, flugelhorm), Mike Blanco (bass), Marco Panascia (bass), Bill Campbell (drums, persussion). The songs were written and produced by Angela herself with all tracks mixed by Dimitri Moderbacher except the title track which was mixed by Edward Vinatea. Scott Cresswell mastered the album. Contributions from these professionals led to a stunning result.

Listeners will be blown away from first listen of All About You. While many self-produced debut albums sound good, the production and recording quality of Angela's album us first rate, sounding like it was prepared at a major label, with the most expensive equipment available. Vocals are captured perfectly with Angela's voice floating notably atop the crisp, distinct and real instrumental arrangements. The singer's extensive vocal training is evident in her delivery, regularly full of emotion that has been perfectly atuned to the lyrical message.

The most percussive piano-laden tracks are certain to draw images of Tori Amos in the listeners mind when being played, but careful attention to the supporting instrumental and sensual vocalizations will yeild to the unique vocal and instrumental interpretation of Angela Ortiz. Some of Angela's tunes will evoke memories of the melodic rhythms and gentle vocal delivery so evident in Laura Nyro's most famous tunes. But Angela's songs take different turns and reveal the artist's own style once again. Harder to make the association throughout a song, one will also hear the power and range of Kate Bush within Angela's tunes, but again, the allusion will fleet before the listener is well aware of the similarity. That Angela has woven her influences together across this stunning collection of tracks without copying a single sequence or riff is a testament to the artist's talent and ability to create a new audience for herself.

Angela's stunning vocal work is well complemented by the instrumental contributions. Crisp percussion and a mellow bass provide an outstanding rhythm section while woodwinds and brass provide the extra texture in the more robust passages of Angela's tracks. Piano is often times sensitively played, especially in the softest ballad sections of the material, perfectly accompanying Angela's brightly delivered vocals.

We have been awestruck by Angela Ortiz's debut album All About You and are ever so keen to see this artist on the touring circuit. Certain to follow the path paved by NYC-based singer songwriters before her, 2007 is Angela Ortiz's year. We can't wait for her next album.

(accompanying interview online @: www.musicaldiscoveries.com/reviews/angelaortiz.htm) - MusicalDiscoveries.com


"BlogCritics Magazine Review"

By Larry Sakin

About fifteen years ago, an entertainment attorney sent me a demo tape of one of his clients. He wrote in his letter that the young man he represented ‘was influenced by Billy Joel and the New York City lounge scene’, a great understatement. The kid on the tape swiped the singing, playing and lyrical nuance of Joel on every song. In some ways, it sounded like the guy had stolen a small piece of Joel’s soul, severely damaging it in the process.

Ortiz appropriates a little of the vocal, lyrical, and piano playing style of cult rock goddess Tori Amos on her debut album All About You. Although on some songs, Ortiz surpasses the sultry Amos with deeply moving words and powerfully rich crooning.

Like Amos, Ortiz made her way through the East Coast piano bar circuit. She has graduated to a sound blending the direct sensuality of Amos’s edgy rock with a lackadaisical jazz induced playfulness, which brings to mind Norah Jones and Canadian chanteuse Diana Krall. On songs like “Song for a Lost Friend”, “Cheshire Cat”, and “Days of Lemonade”, her admiration for Amos overwhelms however, Ortiz applies her original jazz/fusion licks on “Everyone Changes”, and “Finish What You Started”, wrings the most out of the soulful “Steven”; and cooks up a witches brew of alt. rock, jazz, and meaty soul on “We Must Be All Right.” Ortiz has achieved balance on All About You, a difficult feat for a debut album.

There only a few foot faults here, mostly in the production work. There are moments when Ortiz’s vocals are overcome by her back up band. Ryan Scott on guitars, Dimitri Moderbacher on saxophone and clarinet, and Bill Campbell on drums try hard to remain an adjunct to Ortiz’s performance, but the lack of vocal dubs allows the ensemble to bleed through Ortiz’s work heavily. Michael Blanco’s and Marco Panascia’s bass is appropriately monitored, supporting Campbell’s drums and Ortiz’s light touch on keys. Trumpeter and flugelhorn player Andre Cannier punches through hard on the few tracks where Ortiz actually does vocal layering.

Despite these minor production problems, Ortiz has a winning album in All About You. While it contains some of the tragic elements found on Amos’ records, Ortiz is at turns uplifting, sarcastic, and refreshingly honest in her writing.

Other critics may pass off Ortiz as an Amos wannabe, but those willing to scratch beneath the surface of All About You will find a treasure of independence and originality. Not too long from now, Ortiz will shake the Amos comparison, creating her own groovy little cult. I know I’ll be among them - and one listen to All About You will lead you to that cult as well. - BlogCritcs.org


"All About Music"

by Matt Kanner

Pop-jazz pianist/singer Angela Ortiz heads to The Red Door

New York-based pianist and singer Angela Ortiz opens her debut release, “All About You,” with a line that sets an appropriate theme for the remainder of the album. The 27-year old finds herself at a turning point in her life. Nostalgic for the past but eager for the future, weighed down by her troubles but buoyed by her sense of hope, Ortiz’s mood shifts from one moment to the next.

“One day I’ll be okay, the next I’ll be unkind. / When I catch up with myself, you’ll be too far behind,” she sings in the disc’s opening track, “Everyone Changes.”

At the tail end of a summer tour that brought her up and down both coasts, Ortiz heads to The Red Door in Portsmouth on Monday, Sept. 24, as part of the venue’s Hush Hush Sweet Harlot music series. Traveling to the Seacoast from her home in Brooklyn, her visit comes as the new CD is beginning to pick up steam.

As of last week, “All About You” was listed at number 25 on CD Baby’s jazz-pop top seller list. The CD’s modest success is surely due in no small part to the swell of mixed emotions it imbues. With song titles like “Days of Lemonade” and “Song for Lost Friends,” there is an overbearing sense of nostalgia on the disc. Many of the lyrics wisp of sadness and regret, but there is also a subtle undercurrent of hope that refuses to remain submerged beneath the melancholy surface. Ortiz admits that she has a hard time letting go of the past, but an attitude of optimism will guide her into the future.

“I’m at the age where it’s sort of a bridge between your very young self and your more mature self, looking forward to the future and wondering what’s going to happen,” Ortiz said during a recent phone interview with The Wire.

The daughter of two schoolteachers, Ortiz became an ardent student of music at a young age. She began fiddling with piano when she was six years old, and has become exceptionally proficient at the instrument, despite never having taken a formal lesson.

“I had one of those small keyboards where the keys light up as a kid, and I basically taught myself,” she said. “I was peculiarly drawn to the piano in particular, so I taught myself as much as I could every day. It was like an obsession.”

Ortiz’s talent—both instrumentally and vocally—quickly becomes apparent listening to the CD. Her self-motivation and mounting interest in music fueled her desire to perfect her playing, and her efforts have paid off. “Also, when you’re teaching yourself, there’s not any conflict as to what people want you to learn and what you want to learn, so you can just basically do anything you want.”

Ortiz’s insistence on playing only what she wanted carried her through her college days at New York University, where she studied opera singing. Although she admires many of the singers she studied, Ortiz grew weary of exclusively singing opera and began composing her own songs. The style that emerged blended elements of jazz, pop and classical, but she also retained some of her earlier musical infatuations.

“I listened to a lot of alternative music in the ’90s, Nirvana, basically grunge stuff,” Ortiz said. “That doesn’t come across on the CD, but, stylistically, that’s kind of where I head.”

As a female pianist and vocalist, Ortiz is inevitably compared to Tori Amos. She confessed to being an Amos fan, but pointed to Paul Simon, Ben Folds and Billy Joel as bigger influences. “I think Billy Joel writes probably the most perfect pop songs on piano that there are to find,” she said.

Pop-jazz is an appropriate label for the music on “All About You.” The songs are rooted around graceful piano melodies, complimented nicely by Ortiz’s lush and elegant vocals. Various songs also feature acoustic and electric guitar, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and drums. (At The Red Door, Ortiz will be accompanied by a single instrumentalist who plays saxophone, clarinet and flute.)

Ortiz has been featuring slews of newer material on her recent tour, and she plans to return to the studio for a follow-up album later this year. Although “All About You” is a strong first effort, there is room for growth. Whereas the songs on the first album glide smoothly from start to finish, usually following a basic verse-chorus-bridge structure, she could benefit from showcasing her piano playing and vocals more heavily by building momentum and reaching greater extremes of vocal and instrumental intensity.

Lyrically, Ortiz’s music is already rife with emotion. Some of the songs are highly personal, at times referencing people she knows or invoking figures who have influenced her work. “Steven” is an unveiled attack on singer-songwriter Steven Morrissey, who she accuses of unconscionable hypocrisy. “No one I know could make such a wonderful living / Out of being such a miserable wretch,” Ortiz sings. “Mr. Thomas” is an ode to poet Dylan Thomas, whose writing has clearly had a p - The Wire (Portsmouth, NH)


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)

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Bio

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