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Daniel Rodriguez
Monday March 8, 2010

Daniel Rodriguez

America's Beloved Tenor, "The Singing Policeman" with Piano

Daniel Rodriguez, “America’s Beloved Tenor’s” third CD, ”In the Presence,” Blix Street Records, showcases his rich, warm tenor voice on traditional spiritual and church songs. Selections include “American Hymn,” “How Great Thou Art,” and two duets with Tony award winner, Lea Salonga; “Panis Angelicus” and “Pie Jesu.”

Daniel’s first album, “Spirit of America,” Manhattan Records, went #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and his second CD, “From My Heart,” is a collection of richly contrasting love songs, inspired by the legendary American tenor Mario Lanza.

Faith has guided Daniel, whose rise has been a meteoric one for a young man who as a New York police officer became one of the department’s official singers. History intervened for the now retired (June 2004) NYPD officer on September 11, 2001. His stirring acapella performance of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem seemed to be something far greater than graceful patriotic gestures. Ringing, heartfelt and beautiful, these songs became transcendent statements of solidarity, determination and hope that galvanized his fellow New Yorkers and Americans.

He has performed around the world including the 2002 Winter Olympics ands other sporting events. He starred in the PBS Memorial Day concert in Washington D.C. His stirring rendition of “God Bless America” has moved audiences at diverse venues as Disneyland and the “Celebration of Freedom” Inauguration concert January 2005. He has sung for President Bush on numerous occasions during both terms and USO events.

The USO, Metropolitan Washington, presented Daniel with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The flag for his presentation was flown over Camp Freedom Iraq in Daniel’s honor and then flown to Washington for the March Awards Dinner.

With three CD’s under his belt, Daniel is looking to the future with the same inquisitive optimism that has brought him to this point. His goals include the Broadway stage, opera, and acting. “I don’t want to limit myself,” he says. “For me, life is an experience, life is a ride; you can’t say ‘I’m going to take this road, and that’s it.’ Life has twists and turns, and you have to be able to navigate through them. Always consult your higher power. And let yourself be led, too. People say ‘What do you want to do?’ and I say, ‘Well, God knows what I’ll be doing. I just kind of follow signs. There have always been doors that open for me, and it’s having the courage to walk through them and experience what’s behind them that has made life interesting and has gotten me where I am. It’s about enjoying the ride.”