Christian rock singer grew up in Lubbock Texas and
attended Haynes Elementary School, Mackenzie Junior High School,Evans Middle School, Matthews Junior High School and
Lubbock High School and graduated from Coronado High School.
18, Orta left home, and although he had a job, he couldn't afford to
pay both rent and for the black Steinberger guitar he had financed
from Jent's House of Music. Choosing his guitar over a home, he
lived in his car, slept in open churches and showered at the YMCA
for a year. He eventually landed a job at Jent's, where he fell
under the tutelage of co-worker and revered local guitarist, John
Ellis. Ellis was surprised by Orta's melodic lines and fast playing
ability, which he says often don't go hand in hand. He was also
surprised that Orta had never heard of music greats, like Jimi
Hendrix, Led Zeppelin or Van Halen, all of which he had been
deprived of hearing as a child with no electronics made available to
1996 the Christian rock singer, guitarist, songwriter and music
producer joined Petra and contributed greatly to the band's
success in the late 90s. His awards include a Gold Record, a Dove
Award, three Grammy Nominations and for Gospel Rock Album of the
year was presented a Grammy in the year 2000 for the award winning
album, Double Take.
misses the purity of nights performing in Lubbock, although he has
come to grips with business demands in Nashville.
"Sometimes I look at what I've become," said Orta. "I didn't expect
it. I didn't want it. All I wanted to be when I was in Lubbock was
an instrumental guitar player. Man, I was even horrified by the
thought of singing.
In 2009, Orta along with his wife,
Kelly, began a non-profit called In Triumph, where he began to take
"unchosen" young adults off the streets and into his home. Out of
his past, Pete says he is "able to relate to the young people in his
program, young people who in their few short years have experienced
prostitution, drug addiction, imprisonment and all manners of abuse