Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7: Singer Vonda Shepard - Ally McBeal- is 50-years-old today.

Vonda Shepard was born in New York but her family relocated to California when she was a child. She played piano from an early age and now also plays guitar and bass.  Her father is Richmond Shepard, a mime and improv actor.

After performing as a backing singer for many years she was eventually given her own recording contract. Shepard's first chart appearance was in 1987 when she recorded a duet with Dan Hill entitled "Can't We Try." Before this she tried out for the part of Michael J. Fox's sister in Light of Day but lost the part to Joan Jett. She was also poised to sing on Peter Cetera's duet "The Next Time I Fall" but he picked Amy Grant instead.

Vonda released her first self-titled album in 1989 with little fanfare. The album did yield one chart single, "Don't Cry Ilene," a mid-tempo, piano-driven jazz-R&B flavored song dealing with the break-up of a relationship between a black woman and a white man, arising from adult peer pressure. The track is sung from the perspective of the woman's white female friend, who harbors a desire to have the man for herself, but keeps her distance out of respect for her friend. The song peaked at Number 17 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart and stayed on the charts for 12 weeks.

 After her third album, Shepard was signed up to appear on Ally McBeal after being spotted by the show's creator David E. Kelley. While on the show she recorded two full soundtrack albums and was featured on two other Ally McBeal compilations.

The songs Shepard recorded for Ally McBeal soundtrack albums were mainly covers of old songs with lyrics that paralleled what was happening in the title character's life onscreen. Since appearing in the show, Shepard has released two more studio albums and a live album.

Shepard recently provided vocals on the score by James Newton Howard for the 2010 film Love and Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

For more about Vonda, visit her Website at –


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