7 July 1963, New York City, New York, USA. Shepard relocated to California with her family as a child, and studied voice and piano from an early age. She began working in local clubs as a teenager, and before she was 20 had landed slots as a backing singer for Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones (she has also worked with Al Jarreau, Julia Fordham, and Chaka Khan over the course of her career). Shepard signed a solo contract with Reprise Records in 1987, and two years later released an anodyne rock collection that muted her distinctive bluesy voice. Her much improved follow-up, The Radical Light, benefited from a more sympathetic production, but Shepard was dropped by Reprise shortly after its release. She retired to the Los Angeles club circuit to lick her wounds, building up a loyal following in the process and releasing an excellent, independently released album in 1996. Her big break came when producer David E. Kelley and his wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, spotted her...