HomeStage at The Little: Danielle Ponder

HomeStage at The Little: Danielle Ponder

Danielle Ponder

Credit: Jason Milton

Danielle Ponder and her band kick off WXXI's new series shot at The Little Theatre. WATCH NOW!

While so many musicians have been left to perform in isolation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WXXI has invited four of Rochester’s favorite bands to each record a live session, audience-free, on stage at The Little Theatre. Danielle Ponder and her band kicked off the series Friday, November 6 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Named Top Ten Bands to watch by CITY, and winner of the 2015 and 2016 Roc Awards, "Best Band," Danielle transcends musical genres with a deep, powerful soul. 

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Danielle, a Rochester 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 George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots.  Danielle consistently sells out her shows in her hometown and has established quite a fan base in Hamburg, Germany selling out her most recent performance. She has completed three successful 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 2019 Danielle released a single "Holding Me Down " she calls this her most vulnerable work and the emotion and rawness in the track is undeniable. Danielle is set to release her debut LP When I wake up... June 2020. Beyond Danielle's musical talent, she is a former Public Defender, Tedx speaker, and Adjunct Professor. To learn more about Danielle and her music, visit:

HomeStage at The Little is made possible with support from Dee Mosteller and Henry Simon, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.