Angela Ortiz | All About You

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All About You

by Angela Ortiz

Piano-based, intelligent indie art pop for the disenchanted, but hoplessly optimistic.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. Everyone Changes
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2. Dustpan
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5:22 album only
3. Days of Lemonade
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3:54 album only
4. Finish What You Started
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4:15 album only
5. Mr. Thomas
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4:32 album only
6. Steven
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2:51 album only
7. Last of Who You Are
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4:45 album only
8. We Must Be All Right
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9. Cheshire Cat
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3:30 album only
10. All About You
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11. Song For Lost Friends
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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 in the studio working on material for her sophomore album with producers Sammy Merendino (Cyndi Lauper, Nellie McKay, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins, Billy Joel), and Bill Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, The Outfield, The Fixx, The Hooters, Patty Smith).


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J-Sin

Astonishing!
Piano girl pop that isn’t as cheesy as you might imagine, “All About You” is melodic and methodical. Her songwriting is strong both lyrically and musically with waves of choruses that wash over you. Welcoming harmonies greet the ear seemingly at every turn and you quickly realize that her brand of indie piano pop is sure and true.

Annette Hall

Gives Goose Bumps - Amazing Talent!!!
Listening to and watching her perform in various shows and now with her own CD, she always gives me goose bumps & brings tears to my eyes! Tride & true - this young woman is a STAR with her own sound & style!!! AMAZING!!

Kristen Greene

Great album!!
heard Angela play live at Cafe Vivaldi in NYC a few times and really loved her voice. it's so clear and strong. and the songs on this album are really great, it's amazing how she makes every song into a little show! I highly recommend this CD!!!

Jeff

Didn't want to like it, but ended up loving it.
I normally don't go for 'girl at the piano' kind of music, but a friend brought me to a show of hers recently (@ Cafe Vivaldi in nyc) and I actually really liked it. The difference between her stuff and the stuff I was preparing not to like is that her stuff isn't too sappy. I like ironic lyrics, or lyrics that are kind of funny so I think that's why I bought this CD. It's definitely worth a listen, even if you're not really into this kind of sound normally.

Janelle Maberle

Just stumbled upon this, but loved it!
I was just browsing through cdbaby and came upon this. Had to get it!! She is the kind of songwriter whose songs get better and better the more you listen to them, because there are so many layers to them. My favorites are Mr. Thomas and Everyone Changes, but all of the songs on this CD are really good.

Michele Hinchman

CD is great, wearing it out playing it in my car.
Angela is an incredibly talented young woman. Besides having an amazing voice, she writes her own songs and accompanies herself on piano. How many artists can do that well? I love all the music on the CD but my favorites are Everyone Changes and Last of Who You Are. I hear them continue to play in my head after listening to the CD and I sing. Angela has a bright future with such a wonderful CD. Congratulations!

Rebecca Snow

WOW!
How often can you say you love EVERY song on an album? Every single song on All About You is great. I stumbled on Angela's music while looking for opera (since she's classically trained) and listening to her songs completely renewed my love of music, after not listening to much of anything for years. Now THAT's something! Have a listen and you will be hooked!