With over 12 million album sales to her name, two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actor's Guild Awards as well as the Billboard prize for selling the most television soundtrack records in history as the voice of Ally McBeal in the hit television series of the same name, Vonda Shepard is a world-renowned artist who continues to delight audiences with her magnanimous live performances. She dedicates songs, tells stories, and at the same time, projects dynamic charisma and intimacy with her audience.
Born in New York City, Shepard moved to Los Angeles as a child with her family, and by 21 she was working with Rickie Lee Jones, then Al Jarreau, and eventually Jackson Browne. In 1987, she secured her first solo deal with Reprise Records, releasing an eponymous album two years later. The Top 10 AC and VH1 single "Don't Cry Ilene" brought her outstanding and unmistakably bluesy voice to a wide audience and caught the attention of the critics. In 1995, no longer with Reprise, Shepard borrowed money (and Jackson Browne's studio) to make her third recording, It's Good, Eve, releasing it indepdently. It was this album that caught David E. Kelley's ear right at the moment he was searching for a voice for his new show Ally McBeal. Shepard's five-year stint with the show included not only performing on each episode, but also being the musical producer for the many guest artists who appeared on the show, including Gladys Knight, Sting, Barry Manilow, Al Green, Chubby Checker, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Since her record-breaking stint with Ally McBeal, Shepard has continued to produce top-quality indie singer-songwriter material, with releases including Chinatown (2002), Live: A Retrospective (2004), and From the Sun (2008). She has also performed with the Indigo Girls and The Funk Brothers and she has shared the stage at music festivals with Sting, The Eurythmics, Santana, and Matchbox 20. In addition, she opened for Sugarland's summer 2010 and 2011 tours and continues performing at her own domestic and international concerts. Her latest effort, simply titled Solo (2011), finds Shepard alone with her piano, performing many of her originals. The disc provides the perfect opportunity to get to know Shepard's earthy and accessible style and her intimate interaction with listeners. As one fan declared, "It's thoroughly refreshing to see such inherent talent performed naturally with such sunny disposition ... delectable."
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