With over 12 million album sales to her name, two Golden Globes, two Emmy awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards as well as the Billboard prize for selling the most television soundtrack records in history for the hit TV series Ally McBeal, 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.
Vonda was only 14 years old when she began performing original material at small L.A. clubs. She played keyboards and sang with Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, and Jackson Browne, eventually opening for Browne in the U.S. and Asia. She also performed with the Indigo Girls and the Funk Brothers. She has shared the stage at music festivals with Sting, The Eurythmics, Santana, and Matchbox 20.
“Can’t We Try,” her duet with Dan Hill, hit #6 in 1987. In that same year, Vonda secured her first solo deal with Reprise Records and two years later her eponymous album was released. The Top 10 AC Radio and VH1 hit single “Don’t Cry, Ilene” brought her outstanding and unmistakably bluesy voice to a wide audience and caught the attention of the critics. In 1992, her follow-up album, The Radical Light, was released.
In 1995, Vonda independently released her third recording, It’s Good, Eve. It was this album that caught David E. Kelley’s ear, right at the moment he was searching for a voice for his new TV show Ally McBeal. Throughout the show’s five-year run, Vonda performed on each episode and produced the show’s music, recording almost 500 songs featuring artists such as Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Al Green, Chubby Checker, Robert Downey, Jr., and Jon Bon Jovi.
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