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Faith Ortiz is an American singer/songwriter in English and Spanish for Pop, punk and rock music. She is the lead vocalist and manager for recording punk/rock band "Two Year Saga". Faith has performed the Star Spangled Banner for the University of New Mexico men and women's basketball and baseball games. She was invited to perform for the CBS Sports PBR Ty Murray rodeo.
Faith was born in El Paso, TX on September 10, 1987. She is of Mexican and Spanish ancestry. Her music background was inspired by her father (Efren Gallardo) who is a musician and singer. She was discovered at the age of eight during a church choir rehearsal. Her first performance was for a crowd of over 300. She was not fearful and was ready for the challenge. Faith did not have any professional training, only the discipline of practicing every day for four hours. Her father would critic to help develop her vocals. Faith performed Christian Contemporary music at local events and in churches around the state of New Mexico. Faith opened for Christian bands such as Cindy de la Fay, Thousand Foot Krutch and Old Man Shattered. When Faith was 13 she wanted to perform the Star Spangled Banner for University of New Mexico men's basketball game. The auditions were exclusive and she was unable to get in. Faith entered into the battle of the bands hosted by Christian radio station M88. Faith blew the judges away with her power vocals. Unfortunately Faith did not win. However a few days after, a recruiter contacted Faith and asked her to go on tour, with the possibility of record deal. Unfortunately Faith's parents were not ready to make that commitment and declined the offer. Faith was 15 when she entered into the Gospel Music Association competition in Estes Park, CO. Yet again the judges were blown away scoring her vocals at the highest level. She did not win the competition due a minor discrepancy in the dress code. Another opportunity arose and still her parents were not ready for her to take such offers. In 2004 Faith was invited to perform the Star Spangled Banner in loving memory of former president Ronald Reagan.
When Faith was seventeen years of age she decided to make a change in genres. She started working with punk/rock guitarist/songwriter Jeremy Pecotte. In 2005 Faith and Jeremy formed "Two Year Saga", a punk/rock band. They recorded their first song "Supernova Blue" in 2007. They decided to take a break to focus on other projects and their personal lives.
Faith did not know how to read music or understand music theory, she felt under accomplished and embarrassed of that fact. In 2008 she started to take piano lessons from instructor Domenic DiCello, a classically trained pianist. She was starting to feel confident in her musical skills. She auditioned for American Idol. She was so disappointed when they did not choose her. In 2009 Faith and Jeremy got back to work and recorded a few more songs. That same year Faith auditioned to perform the Star Spangled Banner for the Isotopes baseball team and was chosen out of several contestants. The band project started to take off, they performed at several festivals and private events including at the historic KiMo theatre in Albuquerque, NM for the "Live and Local" event put together by Mayor Richard J. Berry. By 2011 Two Year Saga released their first completed album "De-Friend Me".
Faith still did not feel that her music capabilities had been met. She hired vocal coach Diana Segara to get her to the next level. Faith auditioned for "The Voice" and was not chosen. She did not let that get her down and continued to focus on other opportunities. After many years of waiting for an opportunity, finally The University of New Mexico held open auditions for a chance to perform at the men's basketball game. Only 6 contestants out of hundreds would be chosen. Faith was one of them. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication and the opportunity was lost. That same year Faith auditioned again only this time it was for the UNM women's basketball team. Faith performed there and was invited to perform for the men's basketball and for the men's baseball games.
It was 2012 and Faith was given the opportunity to perform on the Professional Bull Riders Ty Murray rodeo, filmed by CBS Sports.
Her confidence boosted and she was ready to take another challenge and much desired goal of producing her own music and lyrics. She started working with music producer Blane Sloan of Eagle Rock Studios. They released her first single "Your Eyes" on September 10, 2012. She also released her first music video which was directed and produced by her father. In spite of all the obstacles, disappointments and challenges Faith's perseverance has kept her positive and motive to continue her journey in the music industry. Now that she has gained confidence to producer her own music and lyrics she is opening her heart from very personal, emotional and happy moments in her life.
"Even the best will fall. Only the brave will get back up."
Quote by Faith Gallardo