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Danielle Ponder : 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 powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots. She has also completed two successful European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said “Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She truly is a star!”
Beyond Danielle’s musical talent, she was also a public defender who worked at the Monroe County, NY Public Defender’s office. She is dedicated to organizing and speaking up for marginalized communities and has worked on issues such as education funding, women’s rights, and criminal justice reform. Blending her experiences as a public defender and soul singer, her music and live performance shines light on the criminal justice system while also exploring love and relationships. Something she has also explored as a TEDx Speaker.
This sensational singer lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Shirley Chilsolm, Cornel West and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing or speak and it’s readily apparent; there’s another name that belongs in that pantheon as well.
Danielle Ponder, and her time is now. Her new single “Holding Me Down” is available on all streaming platforms.
Support for this project provided by New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, created in 2017 to plan and execute programs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, and Market New York through I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards. Other sponsors include the City of Auburn Historic and Cultural Sites Commission and the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn that is offering a Harriet Tubman Weekend rate of $99 per night to take advantage of the full weekend of events.
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