Celebrated former Newport Harbor defensive end inspires with his singing and songwriting – Orange County Register

Friends like to ask Jeff Bitetti for important favors, and none are more powerful than the personalized songs he writes and sings at weddings and funerals.

Fellow former Newport Harbor High football players Brian Theriot and Joe Kolina, among many others, have had Bitetti perform at memorial services after the loss of family loved ones.

You wouldn’t think a fierce defensive tough guy and sack specialist would also be a thespian, singer/songwriter and entertainer who is completing a second album.

“I can belt it out if I need to,” said Bitetti, whose booming voice can wake up a crowd, as well as provide inspiration and comfort for those grieving with the faith-based lyrics in his tribute songs.

He said he has always had a love for music and performed in the school’s musicals. His talents as a musician and songwriter helped pay for his USC education.

Bitetti, who ministers to…

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