Who is Claudette Ortiz? Claudette Ortiz is an R&B singer who rose to fame in the early-2000s group City High. These days, Claudette Ortiz is best known as a cast member on “R&B Divas: LA,” a TV One reality series that premiered in July 2013.
Ortiz is one of six singers featured on the show, and the 31-year-old mother of three is arguably not as famous as, say, co-star Dawn Robinson, formerly of the mega-selling group En Vogue, Claudette Ortiz and her City High bandmates earned a Grammy nomination for their 2001 single “What Would You Do?”
Who is Claudette Ortiz? Born in Willingboro, New Jersey, on July 21, 1981, she’s a singer, model, and actress who made her name alongside Ryan Toby and Robbie Pardio, her fellow City High members. Ortiz joined the group when she was just 15, and before marrying (and later divorcing) Toby, she dated Pardio. In 2010, as Bossip reports, Ortiz revealed that Pardio had been abusive toward her during their relationship, and that his struggles with alcohol led to the end of their romance.
Had you asked, “Who is Claudette Ortiz?” in the mid-‘00s, fans might have sung you the hook from “Can’t Get Enough,” the 2006 solo single that hit No. 37 on the U.S. R&B chart. She was also featured on Wyclef Jean’s 2002 single “Two Wrongs,” which reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and she’s collaborated with Eve, Prince and Nas, among others. Claudette Ortiz is reportedly preparing to release her debut solo album in 2013, perhaps in an attempt to capitalize on the success of “R&B Divas: LA,” which had a strong premiere and ranked as the year’s most-watched primetime show in TV One’s targeted demographic.