The Singing Policeman, Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez, the Brooklyn born, now-retired NYPD officer, helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Formal voice training began at a very early age, 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 New York City Police Department at age 30, where he became known as “The Singing Policeman”.

Daniel was driving to work September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked. He witnessed first-hand 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 more than a dozen honors and awards, such as the USO Lifetime Achievement Award, the DAR Medal of Patriotism, and others. Now known as “America’s Beloved Tenor”, Daniel continues to uplift and inspire in performances for his chosen charities, and at concert halls around the world.

You can see Daniel and the New York Tenors at The Mahaffey Theatre on November 28th. Go to for more information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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