About

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Daniel Rodriguez, the Brooklyn born, now-retired police officer, helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack.

Formal voice training began early, with Daniel's first recital in Carnegie Hall at age 16. Singing has been his lifelong passion, however it didn't always pay the bills. He worked at a series of jobs until joining the NYPD at age 30, where he became known as "The Singing Policeman".

September 11, 2001, Officer Rodriguez was driving to work when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Arriving at the site as a first-responder, he witnessed the destruction of both towers, nearly losing his own life. At "Prayer for America" in Yankee Stadium his inspirational voice gave hope and strength to a grieving nation. His music career had turned into a calling.

Daniel's philanthropic and patriotic efforts have been recognized with numerous honors, such as the USO Lifetime Achievement Award, the DAR Medal of Patriotism and others. Now known as "America's Beloved Tenor", he continues to uplift and inspire in performances for his chosen charities, at high profile events, and concert halls around the world.   Full biography

Interview - NJ 101.5 FM

Through the years

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 An Overnight Success - 25 Years in the Making

You heard him during the dark days of 9/11. He was recently accepted into the D.C. Young Artists Program, at age 40. He is now singing concerts all over America. An overnight success? Hardly. He's been paying dues a long time.

Placido Domingo & Opera 

"I read the hype...we'll see" Paul Joseph Walkowski. To have seen Mr. Rodriguez as Canio in Pagliacci was to witness an opera moment: electrifying, pure magic, pure emotion, blazing in glory"

Yuletide/Christmas Spectacular

Daniel Rodriguez as host and performer. Christmas event at the Hilbert Theatre, a large cast of talent with the former New York City policeman who is enjoying a burgeoning singing career. 

Recording "Into The Fire" West Point Chapel 

"One of the most beautiful voices of the last 50 years." First time in history such a recording filmed in West Point's gorgeous century-old Cadet Chapel. 

2004 NYPD Retirement

From "Singing Cop" to "America's Tenor", after a 2 year leave of absence, was at the NYPD pension office in Manhattan, submitting his retirement papers, officially ending a 10-year-run as a police officer.

2003 Records "On This Day" 

The United States Coast Guard Band, director Capt. Lewis J. Buckley, teamed up with recording artist Daniel Rodriguez to record "On This Day." To debut on the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day.

2002 "An American Celebration" at Ford's Theatre

Annual gala at historic Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C. introduced by Dennis Franz, America's Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, New York's own "singing cop".

CNN report - Daniel Rodriguez - Debut Albums 

CNN Live: Interview of Daniel Rodriguez, "Singing Cop" Aired December 14, 2001. Bill Hemmer CNN Anchor: You may recognize this voice, heard right here. Daniel Rodriguez, Police officer, New York Police Department.

Video "Prayer for America" & Ground Zero memorial

 September 23, 2001 Thousands gather for memorial service at Yankee Stadium. Plus video - family memorial service at Ground Zero.

1977-1983 The Early Years

Daniel's potential was recognized at an early age by Juilliard trained Elliot Dorfman, who brought him to study at the American Youth Repertory in Manhattan during his teens.  

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