With the release of his 2002 album Storm, singer/songwriter Fernando Ortego dons the many hats of storyteller, worship leader, and poet. He carefully weaves artistic strokes of musical excellence with tender, and at times sorrowful, lyrical expressions. This is very much a project containing an "old world" feel; Ortego's folk style depends on the balanced combination of acoustic guitar and piano, flavored with the sound of traditional hymns and Spanish influences. While his style differs from that of Twila Paris, both artists can be pointed to as sustainers and creators of modern-day hymns. On Storm, Ortego includes his own arrangements of traditional pieces such as "Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy," a duet with labelmate Amy Grant, and a new song, "Sing to Jesus." Also included is the track "Traveler," a song in which Ortego sings, "Heavenly Father/Remember the traveler/Bring us safely home." The track seems appropriate in the early stages of 2002, a year in which traveling carries heightened risks and anxiety. Overall, Storm is a retelling of a classic yet timeless tale. It is a reminder of the hope and redemption that many find in Jesus Christ.
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AllMusic Review by Ashleigh Kittle
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