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Completely committed to his fans, Gerardo Ortiz has dedicated his life to music. He was just 8 years old when he made his first record, a keepsake that set him on a path that would eventually take him to the heights of popularity and respect. Gerardo Ortiz has dominated Regional Mexican music throughout the s, winning prestigious awards including eight Premios Lo Nuestro, earning four Platinum records and five Gold records as certified by the RIAA, and selling out festivals, dancehalls and arenas across the United States and Mexico. He first made an impact by revolutionizing the corrido genre. From there, he transformed Regional Mexican and Latin music, becoming a cultural and fashion icon in the process. His musical themes are modern, with original musical arrangements, generally built around the tuba, accordion and acoustic guitar. His lyrics are fascinating and unforgettable. But his life story is just as remarkable as his songs…that are why his fans recognize his authenticity. His large and loyal fan base extends from coast to coast in the United States and Mexico. His talent and originality have shone through since he was young.
But it was all part of a purposeful step back to find the right balance in a career that began at age 8 after moving from his native California to Mexico. Ortiz said that his current album is themed around decisions in life, whether good or bad. And sometimes, admits Ortiz, there are mistakes. A contrite Ortiz later apologized. Some people can see [the video] as a bad thing. I do my music and others create stories [for those videos] … I offered [fans] my apologies for the misunderstanding. Here are a few things you may not know about the new album, which dropped Friday:. In fact, around September, Volume 2 will go on sale and will feature new music, including a duet with Latin pop and bachata singer Prince Royce. To play or not to play: Although Ortiz has a strong touring schedule, both domestically and internationally, he may not be allowed to play his music in some parts of Mexico where narcocorridos are forbidden.