Mark Ortega To Perform For Benefit

Mark Ortega will be performing live at Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach, CA on Sunday May 27th.

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A Very Digital Christmas

“A Very Digital Christmas,” by Digital Soldiers

Now Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music or your favorite e-tailer!

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Press Release:

Synth-Pop Group Digital Soldiers Unveils First Christmas Album

“A Very Digital Christmas” is now available worldwide at your favorite online music store!

Long Beach, CA (Nov. 1, 2017) Synth-pop group Digital Soldiers unveiled their first Christmas album featuring an eclectic mix of Pop and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and three original holiday tunes penned by the group. Recorded in West Hollywood, Long Beach, CA and Chicago, “A VERY DIGITAL CHRISTMAS” features collaborations with Yazoo tribute band SITUATION and members of Crush 333.

About Digital Soldiers:

Digital Soldiers formed in 1994 when Marss Ramos and Mark “Iowa” Ortega met through a mutual friend. Their musical passion was instant as they loved Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and EDM. Paula Flowers was soon added for her soulful diva vocals. Lorie “Madeve” Madison came into the group in the early 2000’s to top off an already dynamic band.

More About The Project:

During the 2015 Christmas season, Marss Ramos approached Mark Ortega about recording an EDM six song Christmas EP. Already having a song in mind, Ortega began writing what would be one of their originals called, “This Christmas Moment.”

“I had parts of a love song in my head,” said Ortega, “and then I re-wrote the chorus and verses to fit a Christmas theme.”

“Writing the second verse was very emotional,” Ortega continued, “as it was written between the tragic events at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub and the shootings around the nation this past summer.”

“At first, the second verse was going to be solely a remembrance of my mother who loved Christmas and for Marss’ grandmother who he lost earlier this year,” Ortega said. Ultimately, Mark believed the song needed to include a “worldly” tone. “Remembering loved ones who are not with us is the song’s message,” Ortega added, “while honoring those devoted to peace such as our women and men in the armed forces, first responders, and peace officers who will not be with their families on Christmas Day.”

“The song is not intended to be somber or overly melancholy,” Ortega adds, “But let us live and love in the moment with family and friends at Christmastime.”

Another original, “It’s Christmas Morning,” was written by Ramos and Ortega back in the early 1990’s. “Christmas has always been such a wonderful time for our family,” Ramos recalls. “I remember putting on holiday shows during our family Christmas get-togethers. I wanted to capture the joy and merriment that many people feel around the holiday.”

The final original, “Santa Bring My Love Home,” was the first song that Lorie Madison, Ramos and Ortega collaborated on together. Set to a 60’s feel, the original song highlights Madison’s affinity for Diana Ross.


More About Digital Soldiers

Digital Soldiers have performed throughout Southern California including LGBTQ events at Palm Springs Pride, San Francisco Pride, L.A. Pride and were honored to be the last local band before The Motels, Berlin and Taylor Dayne appeared at Long Beach Gay Pride in 2003. Members have also performed in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Austin and Chicago.



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Mark Ortega Entertainment Adds L.M.O. to Artist Roster


Mark Ortega Entertainment Adds L.M.O. to Music Roster

The EDM/Soul duo plans summer performances.

Los Angeles/Phoenix (Feb 9, 2017) Mark Ortega Entertainment has announced the addition of EDM-Soul group L.M.O. to its collective of LGBTQI artists. L.M.O is Lorie Madison and Mark Ortega. The duo met in 2002 when Mark Ortega was performing at Pasadena Pride with his group Digital Soldiers and Lorie was performing with (Steve) Bronski Beat at the same event and the friendship was born. Soon after, Lorie was asked to join Digital Soldiers and was an active member ever since.

How their musical careers began


Lorie “Madeve” Madison


Born in Chicago, Lorie got her musical talents from her parents. Her mother was an accomplished pianist and her father was a singer in several Doo-Wop groups in the 50’s and 60’s. At first, Lorie was shy about her musical abilities until she got enough courage to sing at a wedding. Someone attending the reception asked her to perform at a night club, and soon after she met Sean Niles of (L.A.) Exhibition fame.


Lorie performed and recorded with Exhibition, where she was introduced to Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat. Writing and recording songs with Steve, she traveled Europe as Bronski Beat. Lorie and Steve released a collection of club remixes of “Smalltown Boy” during their tour featuring Lorie’s vocals. The remixes reached the top of the dance charts throughout Europe.


Mark Ortega


Born and raised in Iowa, Mark is a jazz, classical and pop trained singer/songwriter.


Besides being a co-founder of synth-pop group Digital Soldiers, Mark also teamed up with Long Beach, CA rocker Danny MacArthur Kemp to form the group Hi-Teck. From 2004 to 2008, the duo performed at Prides in Long Beach, Palm Springs and Phoenix and preceded acts Sir Ari Gold, Brian Kent, and Jennifer Holliday.


From 2009-2014, Mark Ortega moved to Chicago and founded a musical showcase series featuring talented local gay artists. The showcases provided exceptional live entertainment while raising funds and awareness for causes important to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community. The showcases benefited The Trevor Project, Ride For AIDS Chicago, Test Positive Aware Network and Lambda Legal. Mark’s showcases were held at various clubs in Chicago including Spin, Circuit, and The Glenwood.


In June 2012, Mark was honored to be the opening act for NBC’s The Voice Finalist Beverly McClellan at Capital City Pride in his hometown of Des Moines, IA in front of an attentive crowd of 10,000. Mark was also the opening act for favorite 80’s cover band Sixteen Candles at Pride North in Chicago in June 2013.


Also in 2013, Mark released “Boystown,” a song co-written with Danny MacArthur Kemp, about coming out and life within the LGBTQ community based on personal experiences. Available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play, the song debuted at #3 on’s top 10 in April 2013. “Boystown” was also featured on the “Gaybourhood” podcast hosted by Hong Kong’s DJ Stonedog in March 2014.


Mark left Chicago and moved to Phoenix in September of 2014 and was soon reunited with Digital Soldiers. In late 2016, the group released a Christmas album featuring 3 original holiday tunes. “A Very Digital Christmas,” by Digital Soldiers, is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Digital worldwide. The group also hosted a very successful Album Release Party and Performance benefitting Toys For Tots Long Beach at historic Club Ripples.


With Digital Soldiers on hiatus in 2017, Lorie and Mark continue to write and perform and are currently applying for Pride events throughout the summer as L.M.O.

Look for the single “Follow My Dreams,” by L.M.O. to be released on iTunes in February 2017.


L.M.O. Contact Information


Mark Ortega and Lorie Madison



Twitter: @LorieMadison @TheMarkOrtega