Well, it’s 2016, and Vonda is back to writing again! Vonda and her band recently recorded the album, Rookie, for which they toured extensively in the U.K. and Germany, with some weekend dates in the States. Rookie is a title that bears no little irony, since this year marks 27 years since the release of her self- titled Warner Bros. debut. Thanks to the ongoing participation of producer/ maestro Mitchell Froom (of collaborative Elvis Costello, Crowded House, and Bonnie Raitt fame), Rookie is a thrilling, solid album, filled with both “Vintage Vonda” tracks, based in piano vocal ballads, as well as some über-funky grooves that Vonda felt a need to write, in order to really cut loose vocally. Froom has been behind the boards for all of her albums since By 7:30 in 1999. “There are a couple of really catchy pop songs on the album, and I’m excited about them; they’re going to be great to play live.” But the woman who wrote and sang “Baby, Don’t You Break My Heart Slow” is never about to leave every eye in the house dry. “I’ve heard that Paul Simon fills four legal pads with lyrics for one song alone,” she says. “I may not fill four, but when I’m writing an extremely honest, painful ballad, of which there are several on this album, I do fill up at least two.”
Vonda has sold over twelve million albums and has won two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards and two Screen Actor’s Guild awards. She also holds the Billboard prize for selling the most T.V. soundtracks in history.
Vonda began playing piano at the age 6, took voice, dance and acting for many years and has been playing clubs since the age of 14. Born in New York City, as a child, her family moved to L.A., where Vonda spent most of her life growing up. At the age of 20, Vonda was invited to join Rickie Lee Jones’ band, as keyboard player, singer, dancer and “alter ego” of Rickie Lee. At the same time, she was in artist development with Warner Bros., and finally got signed to Reprise to release her major label debut in 1989, titled Vonda Shepard. Don’t Cry Ilene was a hit on V.H.1 and made it to top 11 in the A.C. charts. In 1986, Vonda also had a major pop hit with the duet Can’t We Try, with Dan Hill… this one made it to #6 on the pop charts. From 1986 – 1990, she also toured as keyboard player/back- up singer with Al Jarreau.