One Voice RecordsA Pastor’s son who was born in Argentina and raised in Miami, Freddie has spent his life immersed in music. By the age of 14 he was playing the keyboards in his church’s band and one year later, he was named the church's worship leader. Planning to follow his father into the ministry, Freddie graduated from high school and enrolled at the Miami branch of Trinity International University, majoring in Bible studies. After two years of college, he met renowned Hispanic praise & worship leader Marcos Witt, who invited Freddie to spend a year of intensive musical studies at his school, the Center of Musical Dynamics in Mexico City. Freddie came back, graduated, released his debut album and has never looked back.Apostrophe RecordsJaci Velasquez, a Houston, Texas native, was only 9 years old when she began traveling and singing with her family. Five years later, at the age of 14, she signed to Myrrh Records.
Her first album Heavenly Place shot up the charts and quickly became her first Platinum record, also earning her the title of “the fastest selling solo debut artist in the history of Christian music.”
Jaci has had 2 Latin Grammy nominations, 3 English Grammy nominations, 5 Latin Billboard Award nominations, 6 Dove Awards, El Premio Lo Nuestro Award for New Artist of the Year, Soul to Soul Honors, 3 RIAA-certified platinum albums, 3 RIAA-certified gold albums, 16 #1 radio hits and more than 50 magazine covers. And that is all before the age of 30!
Courtesy of RicardoThe youngest of six children, Ricardo grew up speaking Spanish at home and English at school. He started singing in his family band at the age of five. Since then, he has worked with a ton of internationally acclaimed worship leaders such as Israel and New Breed, Darlene Zschech, Martha Munizzi, Mac Powell, Salvador, New Song, Jaci Velasquez, and many more.
Currently, Ricardo is the Minister of Music at Free Chapel Worship Center both in Gainesville, Georgia, and Irvine, California.
Jewish Music Fest continues with Paul Dresher
Remaining dates for the 21st Annual Jewish Music Festival are:
Percussionist Roberto Rodriguez and his septet bring the influences of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills together in alchemy of Cuban sounds and klezmer. Special Guest: Irving Fields, creator of recently re-released Jewish-Latino fusion record, Bagels and Bongos.
Saturday, March 11, 8pm
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison @ 27th St., Oakland
Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (of the PBS special The Three Cantors) and Jack Mendelson (of the film The Cantorâs Tale) perofrm liturgical singing of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions