We haven’t heard much of Valerie Ponzio.
But Monday evening, the El Paso native made her name be known to El Paso — and the rest of the world — on NBC’s The Voice. Ponizo performed Johnny Cash’s 1968 hit Ring of Fire before the four judges, all of which pushed the red button, signifying that they would like to work and train the artist for competition. At one point the coaches called Ponizo the most well-rounded singer they’ve seen.
On Mondays show, Ponizo chose to work with Blake Sheldon.
According to a description on The Voice website, “Valerie loves country music but includes Mexican influences in her style. Her brother, Randy, taught her everything she knew, but he passed away in 2011. In 2007, she graduated from Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She moved back to El Paso after a year and started the band Val and the Southern Line. She is currently on the road with her boyfriend, who plays bass and sings backup for her.”