Singer-songwriter Brian Ortize has announced the release of his new EP, Open the Windows, releasing to all digital outlets on Nov. 2 via BEC Recordings, with two tracks, "Oh The Joy" and "Emmanuel" available now. The five-track album in many regards heralds a new beginning for Ortize, who a few years ago relocated with his family to Nashville, Tenn., forming many new writing and co-writing relationships along the way, eventually resulting in the songs on the upcoming EP.
"The songs themselves speak a lot about trusting God in the unknown times of life," Ortize shares. "That's really because I was in that season of life myself when these songs were written. New to Nashville, no money, wife pregnant with our third child, wondering what my purpose was. It was a really stressful time."
"My hope is that when people hear these songs, they hear more than just catchy riffs, or fun production, but hear the truth of the words being declared," he says. "God is faithful in your life, God is present in your situation, His love is unending for you, His timing is perfect. He is for you!"
The son of a pastor, Ortize's earliest memories is in the church. At age 15 he discovered his gift for music and began leading worship at youth group. By his early twenties, Ortize had toured the United States several times and had also traveled to many parts of the world playing music.
Following his marriage to Rachel, the couple relocated to Los Angeles, Calif., where they helped plant one of the largest churches in the area. Ortize served as the worship pastor for five years and developed a culture of worship which included developing worship leaders and musicians, leading the songwriting team, and overseeing multiple studio and live albums. He currently lives with his family in Nashville, Tenn.
Ortize also runs an academic training program called The Worship School which he founded in 2013. The program has partnered with many well-known worship leaders, including Kim Walker-Smith, Joel Houston, Bryan and Katie Torwalt, John Mark McMillan, Mack Brock, and more.
Click below to watch the official lyric video to Ortize's "Oh The Joy," or click here to watch it on YouTube:
Open the Windows EP Track List:
02. Oh The Joy
03. Open the Windows (feat. Shaylee Simeone)
04. Your Love
05. Sing Hallelujah