The famous Christian singer Juan Fernando Ortega was born on 2nd March 1957. He is a very famous singer and songwriter in the field of contemporary Christian music.
He is noted for producing many traditional hymns and songs. The songs “be thou my vision” and “give me Jesus” have helped him in earning the status of one of the most prominent Christian singers all around the globe.
When was Fernando Ortega Born?
Fernando Ortega was born in the year 1957, on the 2nd of March in Albuquerque, present in New Mexico. He is the son of Eva Ortega and Ambrosio.
Early Years of Fernando Ortega
The early years of the famous Christian singer Fernando Ortega were in a village, which was near the banks of the river and the City Rio Grande. His family lived in Chimayo.
For more than 8 generations, his family has been working as a weaver and artisan in that particular area.
Because of this particular heritage as well as the classical training which he got from the University of New Mexico, he got the gift of his unique sound.
In the initial stages of his life, Fernando Ortega had to travel a lot because his father was working with the US Department of the state which involved frequent transfers.
From late 1970 to early 1990, Fernando became the part and served in the music ministry at various churches of various denominations. He also sang at the Baptist Church present in Albuquerque.
He was also the part of the congregational Christian and the assemblies of God churches present in the southern part of California and also the first Evangelical free church present in Fullerton, California.
In this particular Church, he was pastored by the famous Chuck Swindoll at that particular time. In the late years of the 2000s, Fernando along with his wife Margee joined the Anglican churches before the returned to their home to the Evangelical Free church.
Trivia of Fernando Ortega
Various facts and instances are famous all around the world about the life of Fernando Ortega.
One such trivia is that the famous singer Alison Krauss joined him on his tour and the release of the famous song “The Shadow of your wings: Hymns and sacred songs, singing on “singing to Jesus”.
Fernando Starter Songs
For someone who is new to the Christian songs and wants to acquire the taste, the essential starter songs from the collection of Fernando are the best for them.
These songs will not only increase the faith of the listener in Jesus Christ but will also bring them together and increase your love for religious music.
List of the best essential Ortega starter songs is given below:
|S No.||Song Name|
|1||“Sing to Jesus”|
|2||“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”|
|3||“Grace and Peace (2 Thessalonians 1:2)”|
|4||“Oh God, You are My God (Psalm 63)”|
|5||“Children Of The Living God”|
|6||“O Thou, In Whose Presence”|
Quotes from Fernando
Various quotes are famous which are said by Fernando. One of the most famous quotes of his which were said by him in a press release in the year 2006 is given below:
“My records have always been about how the Gospels find expression in a person’s everyday life — the sorrowful, the mundane, the joyful.”
Some other famous quotes from Ortega are given below:
- Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you can have all this world, give me Jesus.
- The anchor of my soul, you sustain when I am in the storm, you remain.
- Shall be sent because we are not under law but grace? By no means!!
- All flesh is like the grass.
- In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.
Fernando has won numerous awards and accolades during his singing career.
Some of his most famous awards and wins along with their respective year are listed below in the table:
|S No.||Song Name||Year||Award Name|
|1||Bluegrass Song: “Children of the Living God”||1998||Dove Award|
|2||Inspirational Album: Home||2000||Dove Award|
|3||Special Event Album of the Year: City on a Hill||2002||Dove Award|
Big Break of Fernando Ortega
Fernando has sung numerous Christian songs. He has recorded songs for 2 small labels before he finally signed with the Myrrh/Word and released the world-famous album This Bright Hour in the year 1997.
Another major turning point in the life of this famous Christian singer was in the year 1999 when Fernando was able to tour with a band for the first time and got the required Limelight and fame.
He always loved the ministering part according to an interview which gave in the year 2015. He was never comfortable with the CCM label because he felt that the feeling which is associated with the sacred music was always left out.
Juan Ortega Discography
The Fernando songs are famous worldwide. His discography is considered to be one of the best amongst the Christian singers.
Given below is the list of the selected discography of Fernando, along with the year in which it was released:
|S No.||Song Name||Year|
|1||In a Welcome Field||(1991/2000)|
|2||Meditations of the Heart||(1992)|
|3||Meditations of the Heart Encore||(1993)|
|4||Hymns and Mediations||(1994)|
|5||Night of Your Return||(1996)|
|6||This Bright Hour||(1997)|
|7||The Breaking of the Dawn||(1998)|
|8||Give Me Jesus – EP||(1999)|
|12||Hymns of Worship||(2003)|
|14||Live In St. Paul – DVD||(2004)|
|16||The Shadow of Your Wings: Hymns and Sacred Songs||(2006)|
|18||Come Down O Love Divine||(2011)|
|19||Best Of – Live In St. Paul – CD||(2015)|
|20||The Crucifixion Of Jesus||(2017)|
|21||Calvary Chapel Music Praise, Vol. 1||(“How I Love You Lord” and “Teach Me Your Ways”)|
|22||Calvary Chapel Worship Alive, Vol. 1||(“I Will Delight” and “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”)|
|23||Next Door Savior||(“How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”)|
|24||The Making of a Godly Man||(“Jehova, Señor De Los Cielos” and “Jesus, You Are My Life”)|
|25||The Odes Project||(“Sing Allelu” and “I Stretched Out My Hands”)|
|26||Unknown Albums: “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” and “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”||(Early 1990’s)|
When we talk about the Christian singers, the name of Fernando Ortega will always be taken in the top spot.
He has been the pioneer in the field of Christian music & has contributed immensely with his beautiful songwriting and composing.
In this particular article, we have tried to cover the biography of Juan Ortega, along with the various awards and his discography over the years.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
When and where was Fernando born?
Fernando Ortega was born in the year 1957 in Mexico, in the city of Albuquerque. He traveled a lot with his father because of the frequent transfers in the job.
Has the Christian singer Fernando Ortega won any awards?
Yes, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He is the recipient of the famous and prestigious Dove award three times.
Which are the most famous Christian music songs sung by Fernando?
Two of the most famous songs sung by Ortega are “give me Jesus” and “be thou my vision”. Both of these songs are considered to be one of the most prominent Christian songs all around the globe and have helped Fernando in getting the correct limelight and critical acclaim.