Western New York Musician To Make National TV debut
Musicians and music fans were pumped to hear that one of their own would finally be making their national television debut.
Danielle Ponder, a native of Rochester, New York, and backed up by a slew of talented musicians from her hometown, will take the stage tonight (or tomorrow? The show airs at 12:35 am, so I guess it’s up to your interpretation) on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Ponder doesn’t have the traditional trajectory of your average musician. According to her bio, she played music in a family band starting at the age of sixteen. After earning her law degree at Northeastern University School of Law, she eventually became a Public Defender for New York’s Monroe County, eventually leaving her full-time gig to write her first album. Since then, she has sold out venues and shows all over Western New York and opened for huge acts like The Roots and George Clinton.
A passionate advocate for social justice, Ponder recently commented on Twitter about the heartbreaking events in Buffalo less than two weeks ago.
Based on her national stage, It looks like all of the hard work that Danielle Ponder put in to make her unique and talented voice heard has definitely paid off.
Your next chance to see Ponder’s live stage show will be June 25th at the Rochester International Jazz festival, where she and her band will be the opening act for G Love and the Special Sauce.
Back in March, she released her debut single “So Long”- you can check it out below.