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Fernando (Fernie) Rivera was born and raised in El Paso, TX, which borders Las Cruzes, NM and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Both of his parents were born and raised in Mexico and passed down a Hispanic culture to Fernie, helping him to appreciate his Hispanic roots and the struggles of those living in a third world country.
Worshiping in a church where he was the minority, Fernie quickly understood that his skin color and heritage did not and should not hold him back and that he could use the culmination of his experiences and the God-given gifts to make a difference in the world. Fernie is planning to become an Elder in the Oklahoma Conference and hopes to utilize his strong passion for music and believes that contemporary music is a part of his calling.