The rest of the country has learned something we already knew: Danielle Ponder is a poweful force in everything she does, and musically, is perfection. Her entry into this year's NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest was tagged as one of the best entratnts. Elle Mannion from NPR had this to say of her entry: " Danielle Ponder preaches with a powerful conviction in her entry, "Poor Man's Pain." The video's YouTube description notes, "This song was inspired by Willie Simmons, who was sentenced to life in prison for stealing $9 in 1982, the people I've represented as a public defender and my brother who was sentenced to 20 years to life for a larceny." Ponder shares this message with a demanding presence and a sound that serves as the perfect voice of a movement: anthemic while compassionate; soulful while bold and strong. She reverberates with a goose bump-inducing passion, building to the song's final wail for freedom." The contest closes Monday, April 27th, and has been a pipeline and gateway to discovering new artists from all over the country. You can see the article here and watch her entry.