Rich Ortiz

Rich Ortiz

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic Funk/Folk consisting of multiple instumentation (guitar, bass pedals, harmonica, vocals, guitar percussion) all played simultaneously by one man in real time.

Biography

Rich Ortiz had no choice but to become a musical performer. Rich is a fourth generation entertainer of a family of entertainers. Music definitely runs through his veins, down to the very depths of his soul. Rich believes he is the product of his family's cultural diversity and strength, but his style is truly his own. Born in Bergen County, New Jersey, he got his start singing, acting, and dancing at the age of three. As a child, Rich performed in Off-Broadway plays, commercials, and dance competitions.

For the past ten years, Rich has been living in upstate New York, focusing all his talents and time on his acoustic solo act. Rich plays guitar, harmonica, and pedal bass with his feet, and turns heads with his vocals! His music is best described as funk folk pop. His influences are James Taylor, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bill Withers and Jeff Buckley.

He has opened shows for Ludacris, Hoobastank, Simple Plan, Elephant Man, Tea Leaf Green, Kracker, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Jim Wieder, the Drifters and the wood brothers . He has also played private parties for Tom Cruise and New York's Governor Pataki. He has won the hearts of many, playing everywhere from Upstate New York, to Killington, Vermont, to Cape Cod and all the way down to Marco Island, Florida.

He currently plays in New York's West Village at the world famous Red Lion every Sunday. Rich is getting ready to release his first album, the album will feature live, unedited studio recordings of all original works. As his passion for life grows stronger, so does the energy in his music. Rich is a truly rare, authentic talent.

Discography

Let It Be Life

Set List

Originals:

The Vibe
Let It Be Life
Summer Song
Perfectly Made
Rock My World
Lady Of My Life
Chance Of A Lifetime
Happiness
Frame Of Mind
The Way (I Love You)
One Thing
Further
I Want You To Know

Covers:

Besa Me Mucho - Louis Miguel
Luckiest Man - The Wood Brothers
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
Black Bird - The Beatles
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
I'll Fly With You - Gigi Dagastino
Boarderline - Madona
Crash - Dave Matthews
Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Folsom Prision - Johnny Cash
Use Me Up - Bill Withers
Creep - Radiohead
With Or Without You - U2