Although the title of Ortega's new album is Storm, the music is anything but turbulent.

Although the title of Ortega's new album is Storm, the music is anything but turbulent. In fact, this is one soothing, uplifting collection, with the California-based singer/songwriter serving up insightful, well-written songs that comfort the listener with messages of hope—particularly during those times when the storms of life rage on. For this, his 10th studio album, Ortega penned the majority of the 12 cuts and covers three classic hymns: "Jesus Paid It All," "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," and "Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy," a duet with labelmate Amy Grant. This vocal pairing, which finds the two voices blending beautifully, provides one of the album's absolute highlights. Among the other prime cuts are "Traveler," "A Place on the Earth," and the poignant "This Time Next Year." Bottom line: this Storm is more silver lining than dark cloud.—DEP