Jeannie Ortega was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York and is of Puerto Rican descent. While attending Brooklyn's High School of the Performing Arts, Ortega's song "Got What It Takes," was placed on the soundtrack for the 2003 comedy Love Don't Cost a Thing, and the song "Future Is Clear" appeared on the TV show soundtrack for That's So Raven!, she was quickly signed with Hollywood Records in 2004 and released her debut single "It's R Time" in October 2005. The song later appeared on the Freedom Writers soundtrack in 2007.
Ortega spent several years on the tween-pop Radio Disney circuit of radio interviews, live mall shows, and other promotional activities as she worked on her debut album in 2005.
On July 29, 2006 Nina Sky, Papoose, Quan, Kovas and Eric West were some of the artists who showed up for the release party for Ortega's debut album at Webster Hall in New York City.
In August 2008 Ortega joined Rihanna as the opening act for her world-tour. "I admire her so much," Rihanna said of Ortega. "She's a sweetheart and she is so grateful to be on tour with me and that's what I love. She's gonna kill it..." Ortega followed that tour with the “Lo Maximo de la Musica National Tour” along side Frankie J, Luis Fonsi, Nina Sky and Orishas.
Following the tour she landed her second major acting role alongside Tristan Wilds in the film “Indelible” which is scheduled for release in 2011.
Ortega is currently working on her second album. She appeared at the Music Unites benefit on March 17, 2010 speaking about her forthcoming album.
It was revealed on http://www.jeannieortega.net/ that 'Strong' would be the first single off of her EP that is set to release in spring 2011. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.