Sergio Ortega

Sergio Ortega

 New York City, New York, USA
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Songwriter/Guitarist who has just released his debut album, Long Way From Anywhere, and is drawing comparisons to Jason Mraz and a rockin-Jack Johnson.

Biography

The story of Sergio Ortega’s debut album “Long Way From Anywhere” is a classic one. Hailing from the Midwest. Learning to play guitar while poring over records by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Warren Haynes, Danny Gatton, Hendrix, Clapton. Ortega immersed himself even more attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

A move to New York City continued the dream, and those guitar skills served him well on the road with artists such as Lesley Roy (Jive Records) and The Pretty Reckless (Interscope) featuring Taylor Momsen (of Gossip Girl fame).

Touring was the perfect place to try his own hand at songwriting. As that notebook filled up with song after song it became clear that he should do a record of his own.
These songs grew into the album that is “Long Way From Anywhere”.

Drawing comparisons to Jason Mraz and and a more-rockin Jack Johnson, Ortega assembled some of NYC’s best musicians to accompany him, Malcolm Gold (Sheryl Crow, Dan Zanes, Days Of The New), Josh Dodes (Marc Cohn, Julian Velard) and Aaron Steele (Mos Def, Russell Malone), the songs beautifully came to life in these more-than-capable hands. Producing the project was Robert L. Smith (Neil Young, Rickie Lee Jones, David Bowie, U2) of Defy Recordings in New York.

The first single is the title track, with a video for the song currently in production. Plans for a Spring tour are in the works, and the album is available from Chava Recordings on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Emusic and Spotify.

For more information and booking, go to www.sergioortegamusic.com

Lyrics

Long Way From Anywhere

Written By: Sergio Ortega

Who have I become?
Here I go again
My stupid mind I over-analyze
Everything I've done
Who have I become?

Many years gone by
Still the same today
But here and there a hint of subtle changes
The son just like his father
And mother just the same

No one's too blame
But yourself. You stop. Look around.
Go and get what you want
You're still a long way from anywhere

Looking at you
In the picture frame
Is that a smile of a happy man
Or a sad little boy
I should slap you with my hand

Don't you under...
Understand. You stop. Look around.
Go and get what you want
You're still a long way from anywhere

Nobody's let you down
Such a shame.
Build up with each day
I know you feel the weight
Look at what you've got
Work your way from the bottom to the top

Who have I become?
Here I go again
My stupid mind I over-analyze
Everything I've done
Who have I become?

Why do you run....
Runaway. You stop. Look around.
Go and get what you want
You're still a long way from anywhere

Discography

Long Way From Anywhere (Single released November 23, 2010)
Long Way From Anywhere (LP released December 11, 2010)

Set List

Average Set Length: 45min - 1hr
Max Set Length: 3 hrs
70%-100% original material at most shows