A smooth deep country voice is something you would expect to hear from a bearded, whiskey drinking, flannel-wearing, guitar strumming dude singing under the lights at your favorite cowboy bar. But Dylan Ortega, a California native with an album-ready voice isn’t swigging Jim Beam or singing at Saloons – he’s only 19 years old.
Dylan, was born and raised in Santa Ynez, a small town located in a cozy valley just north east of Santa Barbara, Ca. He first immersed himself into the world of music at the young age of 13 years old. Music was a passion and a way to cope with emotions from the devastating loss of his father.
Dylan was first locally known when he competed as a contestant in a talent competition, Santa Barbara Teen Star. Within the two years he competed, he finished in the final 3 both years and also declined a contract offer from The Voice in 2016. The success of the show, and the taste for performing live stuck with him, and he was hooked. He began his search for writing partners and a band.
Dylan’s next move was to head to Nashville where he completed an EP and is still in production of a full-length album. Dylan was fortunate enough to work on both with award winning producer and a few A-list Nashville session recording musicians such Troy Lancaster and Evan Hutchings who have cut albums with artists that include Kelsea Bellarini, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and many more. Throughout Dylan’s career, he has been able to open for many industry greats such as, Billy Currington, LoCash, Stephanie Quayle, Carter Winter, Marv Green, Leslie Satcher, and others.
In lieu of his passion for music at a professional caliber, Dylan is known for being a generous contributor to various projects in his community. Including a large fundraiser he created with a team of committee members to aid the families devastated by California’s Thomas fire and major mudslides in 2018. With the help of the community, he was able to raise just under $90,000 for Santa Barbara County’s United Way Disaster Relief Fund. He has been featured in various written publications as well as TV media.