“America’s Tenor” Sings

In another affirming example of post September 11 unity,
Sparrow Records is partnering with EMI label Manhattan Records to distribute
The Spirit of America, the debut recording from New York City policeman
Daniel Rodriguez, to Christian Bookstores nationwide, effective immediately.
Dubbed “America’s Tenor” by the media, Rodriguez grew up in Brooklyn
listening to the theatrical voices of Mario Lanza and Placido Domingo, but
eventually needed a regular job to support his dream of becoming a
professional singer. He joined the NYPD in 1996, working the beat patrol
and in security, and was often asked to represent the force by singing at
public events, including a New York Yankees game, where he was introduced by
then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks on America, Rodriguez had a unique
support gift to offer in his heartfelt voice. In a matter of days, his
renditions of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem gave comfort
throughout the country and led to appearances on The Today Show, Live with
Regis & Kelly, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Late Show with David
Letterman, and The World Series. Next, a Rodriguez CD single was made
available to the public with profits going directly to the Twin Towers Fund.
Soon after, renowned jazz producer/composer Tom Scott approached Rodriguez
and worked with him to secure a recording contract with Manhattan Records.
The Spirit of America, featuring patriotic favorites plus faith-based songs
like “Ave Maria” and “The Lord’s Prayer,” was first released to the general
marketplace this spring, where it remains a top-seller.
“I’m living my life-long dream,” says Rodriguez, who pursued a singing
career even after becoming a police officer at the Manhattan South Precinct.
“I’m singing songs that are both meaningful to me and that inspire others.
The album is a compilation of what my life has been about – a bit of the
conqueror as well as the conquered, and a lot of faith. The songs reflect
my own hills and valleys.”
Early indications show that The Spirit of America is relevant to the
Christian marketplace as well.
“Daniel Rodriguez has enjoyed an amazing platform over the last year
performing before millions of Americans. His expanding popularity presents
a unique opportunity for CBA retailers to reach core Christian music
shoppers, and infrequent music shoppers as well,” says David Crace, Vice
President of Marketing for Chordant Distribution Group. “This record makes
a great in-store play CD. Initial reaction to the release has been very
encouraging as CBA retail has rallied to support the art of a fellow
believer.”
Rodriguez will continue to support The Spirit of America in major concert
and television appearances (Hollywood Bowl; August 30 – September 1, Jerry
Lewis Telethon; September 2). He will also be appearing at CBA
International in Anaheim, CA at Chordant’s personality booth.

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