Date of Birth
19 December 1986, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Jeannie Ortega is a singer, writer and actress from New York City that signed her first major record deal with Hollywood Records at the age of 16. Ortega spent several years on the pop radio circuit. Her first single, "Crowded"yielded a Top 25 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and was certified Gold on radio airplay. Ortega's debut album "No Place Like Brooklyn" (2006) debuted No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and charted in the Top 200. She spent the summer of 2006 as the opening act for international pop star Rihanna on her nationwide tour. In 2007 Ortega had a life changing divine encounter and decided to change direction and use her gifts for God. The triple threat performer has since been featured multiple times on TBN's international show, 'Praise the Lord' and continues to tour Christian venues and churches all throughout the USA, sharing her music and life changing testimony. Her TV appearances include "One Life to Live," "Step Up," and more. Ortega Just finished released her first full-length, Christian studio album, Love Changed Me. She collaborated with prominent Christian music producer Aaron Rice (TobyMac, Mandisa).
Is an American Recording artist who calls herself a hip hop performer
She is of Puerto Rican descent
Jeannie became interested in music when she was 7 years old. She contemplated suicide until she found peace. During her spare time she's an entertainment reporter for Christian Post.
As children Jeannie and her sister Yoselyn practiced Santeria. Jeannie eventually became a Christian. In 2007 she was dropped from Hollywood Records. Jeannie Ortega later signed to AIC Records and began her career as a Christian singer.
Jeannie Ortega has her own show on TBN Salsa called "In The Mix".
After signing with Hollywood Records in 2002 Jeannie released her only album through them "No Place Like BKLYN" in 2006. Upon signing with AIC records she released "Perfect Love" and "Love Changed Me". Jeannie Ortega graduated from Brooklyn High School of the Arts in 2002.
[About practicing Santeria]"My family pretty much grew up in it. It was a generational thing. It's just kind of a family thing. It's like a family business. You just pass it down."
[on becoming a Christian and being invited to church by a friend]"She invited me to this Christian church that she was going to. It was very Charismatic. I was the only light-skinned girl in the church. It was a Pentecostal church. And I looked around and I thought everyone was out of their mind. I thought they were crazy, but I envied them because they were so unashamed to talk openly to God and cry in front of people. I only cried to God in my shower when no one was looking. I would go in and cry out to God because I knew I needed God to be real. "I didn't know why I couldn't control what I felt and why I was crying, but I know it was God. Beyond a shadow of a doubt I know it was God."