Danielle Ponder's pipes soar with soul, affection, and conviction. It's both gut-wrenching and exhilarating. Named Top Ten Bands to watch by CityPaper, and winner of the 2015 and 2016 Roc Awards, "Best Band", Danielle Ponder transcends musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful soul.
This Rochester, NY Native has spent the past years rendering goose bumps by perfecting her style and charismatic performance. She sings, you listen, you melt. The result of her focus and dedication is a tone that is both enchanting and seductive along with a riveting, honest stage presence. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots. Danielle consistently sells out her shows in her hometown and she has completed three European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said "Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She's truly is a star!"
In 2016 the singer released her debut EP Blow Out The Sun. Soultracks.com said “Ponder’s vocals combine the spirit of the church with the speak-truth- to-power assertiveness of a movement leader. “ Jeff Spevak of the Democrat & Chronicle wrote "Ponder’s tough-sounding vocals on “Three Word Revolution (I Love Myself)” is a defiant call to self worth. That title track feels custom built as a room-shaking anthem for women in the audience.” In 2016 the Danielle would also enter the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands contest, where they surpassed hundreds of bands and made it to the final four.
In 2019 Danielle released the single "Holding Me Down "and is set to release her debut LP June 2020.
Beyond Danielle's musical talent, she is a former Public Defender and Tedx speaker.
Danielle worked for 5 years at the Monroe County Public Defender’s office where she provided criminal defense to indigent defendants. In 2018 Danielle took a leap of faith and left her job as an attorney to pursue music full time.
At Northeastern University, where she received her Juris Doctorate, Danielle was awarded the prestigious Public Interest Law scholarship.
Danielle has dedicated the past 15 years to organizing and speaking up for marginalized communities. She has worked on issues such as education funding, women's rights, and has spent the past 8 years working for criminal justice reform. Danielle was recently highlighted by the American Bar Association. In 2017 she created the Multi-Media show For the Love of Justice, where she shines light on our criminal justice system through powerful lyrics and thought provoking visuals.
Dr. Karen Stote of WIlfred Laurier University called For the Love of Justice an "impactful and uplifting performance"
Like artist such as Nina Simone or Bob Marley Danielle music offers us food for thought and food for the soul.
Danielle has been awarded, Teen Empowerment's PeaceMaker in Action Award and The Jessica-Bain Community Excellence Award.
This sensational singer lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing it’s readily apparent; there’s another name that belongs in that pantheon as well. Danielle Ponder, and her time is now.