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Editors’ Notes

Fernando Ortega’s voice is a rare instrument, gently resonant in tone yet possessing underlying conviction and power. The veteran Christian singer/songwriter celebrates two decades of record-making with Come Down O Love Divine, a song collection that harkens back to his earliest strengths. From the start, Ortega has incorporated Celtic and Spanish musical influences into his sound, interlacing classical themes with an acoustic-folk approach. All of the above can be heard on his latest release as he sets his original lyrics to traditional compositions. With his sensitive piano playing at the center, he adds uplifting chorale vocals and tasteful guitar/drum backing to create a sustained mood of spiritual contemplation. From the timeless prayer “Kyrie I” through the communal worship number “Aaron’s Blessing,” Ortega keeps the tone inspirational and otherworldly. A misty atmosphere pervades “Our Great God,” while “Just As I Am” fuses a deeply personal lyric with a warmly-flowing track. He reaches back to the 15th Century (by way of modern-day composer Vaughan Williams) for the title number, infusing it with a mystical tenderness.

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Edifying!

A beautiful man in Christ is Fernando. You have once again blessed my heart & soul and spirit with your God given talents. Your music brings me closer to our Lord and I thank you for that sweet, special gift, from your brother in Christ, M.Flynn.

Soul Refreshment

What a delight to have in my proverbial hands, another of Fernando Ortega's soul feeding efforts. As is his tradition, Fernando allows the Lord to quietly minister to the soul that is continually fed the noise of this world. Thank you Fernando for continuing to provide us with such deep and powerful expressions of our faith.

Fantastic Meditations!

Fernando's latest release is not a great departure from past sets and is all the richer for its closeness. Fernando is not in a hurry here but is allowing the Spirit to do what the Spirit will do. In meditation after meditation, the listener is invited to join Fernando in deepening spirituality. Kyrie I, Kyrie II, Trisagion, and Sanctus give a depth to the album unlike Fernando's previous offerings. Inserting the liturgy and allowing a choir to fill out the recording further demonstrate Fernando's deepening. They tie together perfectly the meditative nature of this album.

Biography

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s

Classically trained as a pianist but also steeped in the Hispanic tradition of his New Mexico homeland, gospel singer/songwriter Fernando Ortega recorded more than a half-dozen LPs for various labels before signing to Myrrh/Word in 1997, as part of a Christian musical renaissance which saw a variety of musical traditions entering the liturgies of mainline churches. An aficionado of American and Irish folk as well as the Spanish-oriented music he grew up with, Ortega also studied early music and hymns...
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