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  • Date of birth : 07/07/1963

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Vonda Shepard (1963)

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Vonda Shepard is an American pop/rock singer. She appeared as a regular in the television show Ally McBeal from seasons 1-5 in which she played a resident performer at the bar where the show's characters drank after work. She plays piano, guitar, and bass.

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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. Her father is Richmond Shepard, a mime and improv actor. Vonda has three sisters: Armina, Rosetta and Luana.

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 out 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. She 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 has been married to music producer Mitchell Froom since 2004; they had their first child, Jack Froom, on 15 April 2006. She is also the stepmother to Froom's daughter from his marriage to Suzanne Vega, Ruby.

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.

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Name Duration Released
To Sir, With Love 04:42 09/11/1999
This Is Crazy Now 03:35 09/11/1999
Someday We'll Be Together 03:28 09/11/1999
Baby Don't You Break My Heart Slow 04:41 09/11/1999
100 Tears Away 04:07 09/11/1999
Confetti 03:25 09/11/1999
Read Your Mind 04:10 09/11/1999
A World Without Love 02:55 09/11/1999
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted 03:02 09/11/1999
Vincent 02:36 09/11/1999
Crying 03:31 09/11/1999
I Know Him By Heart 03:18 09/11/1999
Sweet Inspiration 03:13 09/11/1999
This Old Heart Of Mine 02:46 09/11/1999
Searchin' My Soul 03:53 05/05/1998
Tell Him 02:48 05/05/1998
End of the World 02:34 05/05/1998
Someone You Use 02:34 05/05/1998
Wildest Times of the World 05:15 05/05/1998
You Belong to Me 03:28 05/05/1998
I Only Want to Be With You 02:12 05/05/1998
Hooked on a Feeling 02:58 05/05/1998
It's in His Kiss 02:33 05/05/1998
Walk Away Renee 03:08 05/05/1998
Will You Marry Me? 02:39 05/05/1998
Ask the Lonely 02:43 05/05/1998
Neighborhood 02:21 05/05/1998

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