Rock singer Vonda Shepherd was born on July 7, 1963 in New York City. Born to a family of performers, she learned to play the piano as a child. She performed as a back-up singer for most of the 1980s before finally being given her own recording contract. Her first successful song was “Can’t We Try,” a collaboration with Canadian pop singer Dan Hill, which hit the charts in 1987. In 1989, she released her first self-titled album with little fanfare, although a single from the album, “Don’t Cry Ilene,” was a reasonable success on the charts; it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart.
Shepherd went on to release two more albums: The Radical Light, in 1992, and It’s Good, Eve, in 1996. This would predate, however, what is probably considered as her biggest success. In 1998, television producer David E. Kelley invited her to join his television show Ally McBeal after watching her perform. She played herself, and is often found performing in the bar where the show’s characters unwind after work. She usually performed covers of songs whose lyrics somehow spoke about the characters’ lives.
Shepherd produced two full soundtrack albums for the show, and was featured in two compilations related to the show. Most importantly, she sang the show’s theme song, “Searchin’ My Soul.” Since her stint on Ally McBeal, she released one live album and three studio albums. One of them, From the Sun, debuted in 2008. She then provided the vocals to the score of 2010’s Love and Other Drugs.