Randy Ponzio
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Randy Ponzio

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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Over the past two years Randy Ponzio has steadily been recognized for his unique sound which at its core is pop and soul with hints of reggae. Randy's intense lyrics and soul-stopping voice are the medium to deliver his message of hope and humanity in his music.
Much of Randy's music comes from the humanitarian work Randy has done in places such as the Philippines and countries in East Africa. Prior to starting his musical career he traveled to the Philippines where he established a birth clinic and feeding program for pregnant mothers and malnourished children that is still in operation. He has also traveled to East Africa to work with children there, and was in Kenya in January 2009 where he witnessed first-hand the post-election violence the country suffered.
"I was blown away by the people of Kenya who opened up their doors for me in safety, shelter and food as well. It was humanity serving humanity despite the politics of a rigged election that chose to divide people into groups in a potential tribal war," Randy said about his experience in Kenya. He remembered the joy in the eyes of one particular woman he and his team rescued, who offered all that she had - a few tomatoes - in gratitude for her rescue.
It was this experience that led to the song Hallelujah, which recalls the chilling events of that time period as well a verse about the history of the region from Kenyan born, Juno winning artist Shad. Randy continues to work with children in Kenya and is establishing programs with the Bavubuka Foundation to assist East African children in music education, giving these kids the tools to create their own musical voices.
Randy performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and recently opened for Ky-Mani Marley at Vancouver's legendary Commodore Ballroom. Most recently, Randy won the Shore 104.3 FM Song Search with his song "For the People". He is working with producer Shawn Cole (Bend Sinister, Hannah Georgas) towards the release of an upcoming EP.