Valerie Ponzio The Voice
Valerie Ponzio made El Paso proud with her with her rendition of Johnny Cash’s 1963 classic “Ring of Fire” last night.
All four judges said that they were impressed with Ponzio’s vocals and begged her to join their team.
Adam Levine told Ponzio that she is the most “well rounded” singer. Alicia Keys told her that her performance was “full of so much beautiful things.”
Ponzio ultimately chose to work with Blake Shelton after he told her he could take her to the “promise land.”
Valerie Ponzio Bio
Valerie was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.
She began singing at the age of 8 when she would win talent competitions and sing in operas.
She picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and started playing in church and writing her own songs.
Valerie was accepted into Berkeley College of Music as a guitarist.
She finished her education with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production and later attended Musician’s Institute where she was awarded the Stanley Clarke scholarship.
Valerie then began working as a solo guitarist/vocalist on cruise ships.
The 32-year-old now lives in Los Angeles where she plays shows of her own original music and writes and produces music for herself as well as other artists.
Valerie Ponzio ethnicity
Valerie grew up in a border town in Texas, to Mexican parents. She was heavily influenced by Mexican music growing up.
With songs such as “Go Home,” about the struggles of an illegal immigrant,” and “Texas Hustler,” a song she wrote about her father and “his struggle to make a life and living for his family,” Ponzio’s songs offer a glimpse at life growing up on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Valerie Ponzio brother
Valerie’s brother, Randy, taught her everything she knew, but he passed away in 2011.
Bruce “Randy” Ponzio was a 35-year-old father of three and was making music in Vancouver at the time of his death.
On November 15, 2011, Randy was headed for a club gig and vanished.
The next Saturday, Nov. 19, his body was found in a room at the seedy Balmoral Hotel in the Downtown Eastside, Canada’s poorest postal code.
The findings of the autopsy were not made public.
To this day there have been no official reports on what Ponzio was doing at the Balmoral or what caused him to perish.
Well-known Vancouver guitarist Don Alder said he was surprised to hear Ponzio was found in a rooming house in the Downtown Eastside.
He said he never knew Ponzio to have any addiction problems and wondered if something might have happened in his personal life.
Valerie Ponzio boyfriend
Valerie sings in a duo with her boyfriend who is also from El Paso.
Not much else is known about him except that the pair seem to be very much in love.
Valerie with her boyfriend below