Breaking of the Dawn

Breaking of the Dawn

by Fernando Ortega
     
 

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Fernando Ortega is something of a rare animal in the genre of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Like the work of Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Karla Worley, or Bill and Gloria Gaither, The Breaking of theSee more details below

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Fernando Ortega is something of a rare animal in the genre of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Like the work of Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Karla Worley, or Bill and Gloria Gaither, The Breaking of the Dawn can easily be seen as a philosophical descendant of Psalm 95 or the music of Martin Luther. Its primary aim is not to explore human experience, or to entertain or instruct, but to extol, glorify, and exalt. The fundamental emotion it expresses is that of spiritual gratitude. But the other artists mentioned above are primarily vocal performers. The focus of their records is not so much on the quality of the musical composition as on the range and power of their singing. Not so with Ortega. Though he possesses a pleasant and smooth vocal tone, he is not a flamboyant performer. Nor does he equate musical bombast with intensity of feeling. Instead, he expresses his gratitude through a beautifully reflective brand of acoustic-based new age folk-pop with Latin and Celtic accents. John Andrew Schreiner's production is lush but reserved, striking a delicate balance between Ortega's folk and pop influences. And if Schreiner occasionally leans on CCM clichés, the general authenticity of the compositions is never compromised. The textured arrangements include gentle harmonies from Cathy Schreiner and Susan Ashton, sensitive fiddling by Stuart Duncan, versatile fretwork by Christian folkie Buddy Miller, and resonant piano solos by Ortega himself. This is praise music that feels uncommonly honest and unaffected.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2002
Label:
Word Entertainment
UPC:
0080688587925
catalogNumber:
885879
Rank:
71674

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fernando Ortega   Primary Artist,Piano
Susan Ashton   Vocal Harmony
Ron Block   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Don Heffington   Drums
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Buddy Miller   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Mandola,Guitar (Baritone)
Randy Mitchell   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Somma   Acoustic Guitar
Kelly Willard   Vocal Harmony
Dave Dillbeck   Percussion
Dave Pilch   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
John Schreiner   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,fender rhodes
Cameron Stone   Cello
Cathy Schreiner   Vocal Harmony
Bob Soma   Acoustic Guitar
Ken Lewis   Percussion

Technical Credits

Dan Posthuma   Executive Producer
John Schreiner   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Beth Lee   Cover Art
Fernando Ortega   Arranger

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