Danielle Ponder

Danielle Ponder

credit: Hannah Betts

American soul singer Danielle Ponder is both empowering and a powerhouse.  In 2020, NPR described her music as "anthemic while compassionate; soulful while bold and strong. She reverberates with a goosebump-inducing passion.”  Danielle attended Northeastern University where she received her Juris Doctorate. For 5 years, Danielle worked as a public defender where she provided criminal defense to the indigent community. In 2018, after five years as a public defender, she made the gutsy decision to pursue her No. 1 passion -- music. Blessed with a booming effortless voice that hits you right-there, she has the kind of presence that commands attention.

In 2021, Danielle performed at the Newport Jazz Festival where her set was hailed as one of the stand out performances of the event. Danielle is preparing her first self-produced EP, Some of Us Are Brave, set for release in early 2022 on Future Classic. Danielle continues to advocate for criminal justice reform and has been an influential leader in the Black Lives Matter movement in Rochester, NY.

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Genre: Soul
Subgenre: R & B
From: Rochester, NY