Santiago Fernández has been active in parish ministry for the past 30 years. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at events and conferences around the country in the area of Hispanic liturgical music. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit and is certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry, locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally by the USCCB's Commission on Certification and Accreditation.
Through OCP, Santiago has released three solo albums: Ven y Sígueme
in 2006, Un Canto Nuevo
in 2010 and most recently Salgamos a Llevar el Evangelio
in 2015. He has also collaborated with other talented OCP artists including Pedro Rubalcava (Everyone’s Invited
) and Jesse Manibusan in the 2012 album Unidos
A member of the National Advisory Council to the USCCB from 2000 to 2004 and and Liturgy & Prayer coordinator for the First National Encuentro for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry 2006, Santiago is currently Music Director for the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM). He has also participated at various events of the Archdiocese of Detroit as guest conductor, cantor and consultant.
Santiago won Spanish Album of the year and Spanish Song of the Year at the 2010 Unity Awards. He also won three Unity Awards in 2006, for best international artist, CD and song.