Rochester-based singer-songwriter Danielle Ponder has come a long ways from an afternoon Lilac Festival concert that paid $250.
Such a distance, in fact, that she will make her debut performance on national television this week on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
"This year has been so insane," Ponder said in a telephone interview from Manhattan, where she and an all-Rochester band will on Wednesday afternoon record her single, "So Long," which will air on the NBC show hours later.
Yet, Ponder said, those early gigs in Rochester later ballooned to thousands seeing her at the annual Jazz Festival and now give her the confidence for national exposure.
"I really have been prepared by Rochester," said Ponder, a former defense lawyer in the county Public Defender's Office. "... I've been doing this in my hometown."
The soul singer has just wrapped up a tour with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and her new single has been a staple of her shows. That, too, helps steady any nerves for the television performance.
"It definitely feels like a big deal, but I'm in the mindset that I've performed this song 200 times at this point," Ponder said. "I just have to act as if this is the 201st time that I'm performing."
Ponder is scheduled to play a free show June 25 at Parcel 5 at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. She will be one of the opening acts for G. Love & Special Sauce.
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