At 16, a stunningly beautiful and vocally talented CLAUDETTE ORTIZ, was discovered by Wyclef Jean and
Jerry Wonda becoming the third and only female member of City High. The hot young trio quickly took the
world by storm with their poignantly conscious debut single, “What Would You Do.” The Grammy nominated
group described as a “refreshingly innovative mix of R&B, Soul and a smattering of Hip-Hop” by Vibe magazine
consisted of Claudette, Ryan Toby and Ryan Pardo. City High quickly became known as the group with the provocative lyrics, pulsating beats and great vocal
harmonies. “What Would You Do,” depicted a young woman fallen on hard times, desperate to feed her kids
and ultimately deciding to sleep with a man for money. Dealing with real life situations, the song begs for the
listener to answer, What Would You Do? Needless to say, the single with its in your face, true to life lyrics
shot up the R&B/Pop charts both domestically and internationally and became the group’s first Grammy
nominated single. But, it was not until their follow up single, “Caramel,” and Claudette’s duet with
Wyclef, “Two Wrongs,” hit the airwaves that audiences and industries everywhere began to hone in on the
Caribbean beauty’s ability to play the guitar and her vocal prowess.As the music soared the Willingboro, NJ native’s profile soared. Press developed an insatiable appetite for theself-taught, sultry voiced musician. Mesmerized with Claudette’s beauty, Maxim named her a sex symbol in their
Hot 100 issue. Blender called her “the sexiest woman in hip-hop.” Vanity Fair included her in their top 12 artists to
watch. The New York Times chronicled the tutelage of Andre’ Leon Talley, an editor at large for Vogue, as he introduced Claudette to the fashion world in Paris.
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