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Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez, known as "the singing policeman," is a New York City police officer and dedicated musical amateur who is combining his love for music with his avocation as one of New York's finest.

Rodriguez grew up listening to Mario Lanza, and studied voice for a time with some of the same coaches Lanza used. But Rodriguez was forced to abandon his dream of a career in music when the reality of supporting his young family finally outweighed his ambition to become an artist. In 1995, Daniel Rodriguez joined the New York City Police Department which has a policy of not ignoring the extracurricular talents of their officers. The NYPD maintains a staff of about a half-dozen "singing" police officers to perform at city functions as a matter of routine. Rodriguez soon joined this elite force.

Rodriguez was on duty when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center

collapsed in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. He was engaged to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at a memorial service for the victims of the attack held at Yankee Stadium a short time later. In Rodriguez' case, it was one of being in the right place at the right time as legendary tenor and impresario Placido Domingo was in attendance. Domingo was impressed by Rodriguez' performance and granted an audition to the aspiring police officer/tenor.

The result of the audition was that Rodriguez was granted a three-month leave of absence to retrain his voice with the Washington Opera, where Domingo serves as musical director. EMI was quick to offer Rodriguez a recording contract, and his debut CD, God Bless America, made its bow in December of 2001.

Rodriguez has been quoted as saying "Watching the Twin Towers collapse didn't make me sing any better. But the passion for the music has changed and for what I represent: The comfort and the feeling of national pride that I bring now more than I did before."

That sort of attitude carried over into the next year, when he pulled together several of his favorite collaborators and released the similar Spirit of America. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis, Rovi
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Comments

Wow. His story so cool. My dad was on the 71st floor of One World Trade Center on 9/11. My dad escaped 8 minutes before his building collapsed.
Awesome
LOVE it !!
vstone5
Beautiful!!! !
Fabulous!!!!
rucha
Beautiful voice equal to any operatic tenor past or present. Loved it!
jmhubbard315
Absolutely fantastic ! He's blessed with a great talent.
lroacher
Awesome. I could listen to his voice all evening
gregoryangel e s 9
good lord!! I love this voice!!
gregoryangel e s 9
beautiful... w h o knew
....and to think.....be t w e e n all the jay walking tickets...
BUt he sang this song kinda wring
Wtf?!? He's AWESOME!!! :O
kiss your left hand 2say your crushes name 3close your hand 4say a school day 5say your name 6 open hand 7 post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
jtucker961
Beautiful! Daniel Rodriguez, the Singing Policeman, who knew? One of the things I love about NYC is there is room for so much talent. But when is he going to do another album? A quick wiki check shows he's still out there singing!
Beautiful!!! !
paulagradney
first time I've heard this pairing...ch i l l s . Love his voice and the always impressive Kristen Chenoweth... f r o m my home state!
This song was my favorite with Bocelli but loved his voice too!!! Where is he from originally?
beautiful
dettelyn
WOW - Totally moving.
amazing
awesome brother...
mjwilson5
Breathtaking ! !
Interesting voice
tuliojannier e
How true rberman. I can't hear the amateur in his voice.
Man, this guy is good
Daniel has one of the greatest voices I have ever heard.
His English is better than his Italian.
What phenomenal voice!!!!!!
ottyrop06
wow! what a singular voice!!!
It is such a shame that he was never able to have a full-time career in opera. What a loss to the business! I love his rendition of this song.
525433228
AWESOME. I THOUGHT HE WAS A COP IN THE EARLY 80
'S TOO. MY MISTAKE. BUT I DO REMEMBER SEEING HIM AS A SINGING AND DANCING COP. VERY IMPRESSIVE. WHAT A BLESSING. I THINK MAYBE HE IS PERHAPS AN ANGEL.
lemur35
wow!
No words can express how feel when I listen to his voice...God bless his talent....
Kinda sick of him...he over played his stay at Yankee stadium.
phenomenal
Loved this. Thought it was Mario Lanza.
What a commanding Voice, quite a talent in his own right. I saw him sing the Star Spangel Banner. He did a rousing job. He has a powerfull amazing voice!!!! Hope to hear more albums from him. Jon Cady Omaha
ktngillespie
Amazing voice and a very inspirationa l story... cheers ;)
Magnificent voice!!!
tut928
what a beautiful voice and person
As a semiprofessi o n a l tenor who also gave up a career to provide for his family, I understand his plight and celebrate his gift and the opportunity he was given. A voice definitely from God on high, having just heard it for the first time, I was in tears and after reading his bio, well I can't think on it without tearing up. Bravo Daniel
beautiful
silviaarias2 0 0 0
Wow what a beautiful voice, he was born to sing, I am very lucky to be listening to him.
gori7873
So touching voice
Ilove his voice.
marielac510
WOW!! Very Nice!!
This is my first time hearing him and I have already fallen in love with his voice. What a remarkable story behind his art, too!
g3j3guion
Amazing! What an inspiring movie, yes?
maryan_7
Un orgullo hispano sin duda!
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