VONDA SHEPARD – Milestones
January/February 2015 – Recorded the album Rookie… label to be determined.
2015 – Launched KickStarter campaign to fund new record for 2015 release – and made the goal!.
2014 – Played the role of Martha in Randy Newman’s Faust in New York City, with Randy Newman, Tony winner Michael Ceveris, Broadway star Laura Osnes, and a magnificent cast, garnering rave reviews in The New York Times and many other Broadway publications.
2012 – Record sales for Vonda Shepard topped 12 million.
2011 – Vonda Shepard Solo released. Produced By Mitchell Froom.
2011 – Opened for Sugarland on tour in the U.S..
2010 – From The Sun – Live in San Javier released.
2008 – From the Sun released on Hotele Records in the U.S. and PanShot records in Europe and produced by Mitchell Froom.
2004 – Vonda Shepard Live: A Retrospective (CD and DVD) released on Jacket Records and featuring interviews with Jackson Browne, Emily Saliers, David E. Kelley, Al Jarreau, Julia Fordham, and Greg Germann.
2003 – Opened for Indigo Girls on tour in U.S.
2002 – Chinatown released on Jacket Records and produced by Mitchell Froom and Vonda Shepard.
2001 (circa) – Vonda was a featured artist with The Funk Brothers on the Standing In The Shadows of Motown tour.
2001- For Once In My Life released on Sony 550
2000 – A Very Ally Christmas released on Sony 550.
1999 – By 7:30 released on Jacket Records and produced by Mitchell Froom and Vonda, with the single and video “Baby, Don’t You Break My Heart Slow” featuring Emily Saliers from the Indigo Girls.
1999 – Heart and Soul, New Songs From Ally McBeal, featuring Vonda Shepard released on Sony 550.
1998 – Songs From Ally McBeal, featuring Vonda Shepard released on Sony 550.
1997-2002 – joined Ally McBeal as the “musical voice” and Music Producer of over 500 songs, working with artists: Al Green, Gladys Knight, Sting, Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Bon Jovi, Randy Newman, Chubby Checker, Barry Manilow, and many more. Vonda, along with the cast, won two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors’ Guild awards, and a Billboard award for selling the most TV soundtrack records in history.
1996 – It’s Good, Eve released on VesperAlley Records – Jackson Browne offered his studio for Vonda to record this album. When she became part of Ally McBeal, she was able to pay him for the month of studio time.
1995-96 – Vonda sang with Jackson Browne on tour in 1995, and after the release of It’s Good, Eve, Jackson asked Vonda to open for him, as well as sing with him on the 1996 tour.
1992 – The Radical Light released on Reprise Records and including original version of “Searching My Soul”, which would later become the Ally McBeal theme song.
1989 – #11 A.C. hit “Don’t Cry Ilene” from Vonda Shepard released on Reprise Records.
1989 – Vonda Shepard released on Reprise Records. Videos: Don’t Cry Ilene and I Shy Away.
1987 – Top 10 pop hit “Can’t We Try” (duet with Dan Hill). Video as well. (Big “80’s hair” days…)
1986-90 – Toured with Al Jarreau as a back-up singer and keyboardist. (One night on a European tour, Vonda got to sing with Chaka Khan, who was opening for Al, when Chaka’s back-up singer’s flight was canceled… that singer was Lisa Fisher, now known from the movie 20 Feet From Stardom). Vonda met and worked with guitarist Felicia Collins, of Late Night with David Letterman fame, for four years with Al Jarreau. Appeared in two Al Jarreau videos, including Tell Me What I Gotta Do. Also sang on two Al Jarreau albums as a back-up singer.
1984–85 – Toured with Rickie Lee Jones as a back-up singer, keyboardist, and dancer. Later, Vonda sang on two songs on Flying Cowboys, produced by Walter Becker.
1982 – Began studying acting.
1979 – Began hanging out in the L.A. club scene.
1977 – First club gig; in The San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA. 14 years old.
1973 – Began acting in T.V. commercials, as well as singing on jingles. These commercials funded most of Vonda’s education in the arts. (Piano, voice, dance and acting lessons.)
1972 – Began recording demos of her songs. 9 years old.
1971 – Began writing poems and songs at the age of 8.
1969 – Vonda began piano lessons at the age of 6.
1965 – Moved to Los Angeles.
1963 – Vonda Shepard was born in Manhattan, N.Y.