Vonda Shepard (born July 7, 1963) is an American pop/rock singer.
She appeared as a regular in the television show Ally McBeal in seasons
1 through 5, in which she played a resident performer at the bar where the
show's characters drank after work. Her version of Kay Starr’s Christmas
(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag was featured on a season 4
episode of Ally McBeal and has become a popular holiday song.
She plays piano, guitar, and bass.
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 (now Brianna) 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".
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.
However, the album's biggest hit single, "Searchin' My Soul"
was an original penned by Shepard and Paul Gordon.
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,
Ruby, from his marriage to Suzanne Vega.