Californian singer/songwriter VONDA SHEPARD (born New York) is gearing up to release her 13th studio album, Red Light, Green Light, on September 23 2022. The Ally McBeal singing-star plays piano, bass, and guitar.
The first single and video to be taken from the album is “Shine Your Light” due out on July 29.
Vonda spent the last couple of years writing and recording the new album, a stunning blend of songs produced by her Grammy nominated husband Mitchell Froom (keyboardist for Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac).
The album’s ten songs offer energetic ubeat popsters and soulful ballads. The numbers are written with both joy and pain, reflecting Vonda’s classic, deeply personal introspection. “It’s truly a gift to work with Mitchell Froom. He is a brilliant musician, composer, arranger, and producer. Working with him is like playing with a genius chess player. He makes one move, and the whole game falls into place...” she says.
In 1997, Vonda was cast on the wildly popular ‘90s TV show Ally McBeal as the resident performer in the bar where the characters would hang out at the end of each show. She had a massive hit worldwide in 1998 with the show’s theme song, “Searchin’ My Soul,” and produced over 500 songs for the series. She has sold over twelve million albums, won two Golden Globes, two Emmys, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. And to this day, Vonda holds the Billboard record for selling the most television soundtracks in history.
Vonda’s dynamic live shows feature James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner), Jim Hanson on bass (Johnny Cash) and Fritz Lewak on drums (Jackson Browne). “I play songs at the piano and get completely lost in them, then fuse with the band to get the sparks flying. By the end of the show, I love to belt out the soul tunes and whip the audience up into a frenzy!”
Vonda and her band will tour the U.K. starting October 4, 2022. (Check-out the tour dates on the poster below.) They are currently booking dates on the east coast for January 2023, and Europe in February 2023.
photo credit: Pamela Springsteen