This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Singer/Songwriter Vonda Shepard, performing in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center March 20-21 at 7 p.m. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Shepard talks about her biggest break, which was “Ally McBeal”; how she started writing songs at age eight, while being an introverted and creative child; the dual challenges of inspiration and grind; why she has three of her albums on vinyl; how “You Belong To Me” runs true and deep for her; why her voice is known as a soul voice; what guiding words she received from Jackson Browne; and the one thing that keeps her going.
Building widespread acclaim from recording four albums for the popular television series “Ally McBeal” — plus appearing as a regular on the show – Shepard has sold more than 12 million albums and earned two Golden Globe Awards, two Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Billboard Award for selling the most television soundtracks in history.
Her performance will feature celebrated pop tunes and standards, including favorites featured on “Ally McBeal,” mixed with her fresh original hits. Showcasing her talent on piano, Shepard will welcome audience members to sing along and even shout out requests.
Shepard’s quartet includes guitarist James Ralston, who performed with Tina Turner for 22 years, bassist Jim Hanson, who has played with greats such as Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash, and drummer Fritz Lewak, who performed with music legend Jackson Browne for 25 years.