Danielle Ponder (US)
Danielle Ponder transcends musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful soul. And according to Ponder, soul is more than a sound. “Soul music is something you feel,” she says. “It gives you goose bumps.”
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.