lifeblood: songs: backgrounds: baby don't you break my heart slow

1999-02-28: vonda shepard's playing it close to the jacket, the los angeles times

inspiration and support are no problem with jacket records, which is run by her manager, gail gellman. with "by 7:30," due in stores april 20, shepard fulfilled a longtime ambition of working with producer mitchell froom (los lobos, suzanne vega). and the first single will be "baby don't you break my heart slow," a duet with emily saliers of the indigo girls.


1999-04-05: single reviews, bpi entertainment news wire:

following last year's international success with "searchin' my soul," the theme from fox's "ally mcbeal," shepard charts her own course with a radiant song that rings true to her pre-"ally," piano-driven folk/pop roots. shepard soars through this delicate ballad, which works up a credible sense of urgency at the bridge and lets this talented singer/songwriter reach for the skies. indigo girl emily saliers, who duets with shepard, sounds like her soul sister throughout; the blend of their voices and the accompanying harmonies couldn't feel more natural. the pacing and instrumentation of this dewy-eyed song may be a tough sell for the mainstream, but less fickle music fans should give it a serious listen. from shepard's forthcoming "by 7:30."


1999-04-15: 'baby' is getting a workout, the atlanta journal constitution:

vonda shepard might just hold a doctorate in getting dumped. the normally subdued singer, songwriter and "ally mcbeal" star laughs uproariously at the idea, but admits she's had similar thoughts.

"i was actually just talking to my therapist about that," shepard told us. "a lot of my songs do focus on the downsides of relationships. people are constantly getting their hearts broken, though. we decided that's just my destiny!" indeed, as calista flockhart's musical alter ego on the hit series, shepard routinely provides the soundtrack for ally's beau woes.

on saturday, atlantans will get a sneak preview of the vocalist's latest single, "baby, don't you break my heart slow," a collaboration with indigo gal emily saliers. they'll perform it at "miracles can happen," a benefit for chastain horse park. shepard also will perform the song on monday's "ally" (9 p.m. fox). her fifth album, "by 7:30," arrives in stores tuesday.

"i first met emily a few years ago at an indigo girls show in los angeles," shepard said. "i wasn't even famous and she sees me, runs down the hall toward me, going, 'oh my god, are you vonda shepard?' ('baby. . .') had been on my first album and she told me how much she liked it so i decided to re-record it for my new album with her."

the busy singer has a soft spot for atlanta. her first big gig was music midtown in 1998. "it was amazing. i walked out on stage and everyone was screaming," she said. "i thought madonna was behind me!"

on saturday night, shepard will share the stage with actor christopher reeve.


1999-04-15: vonda shepard will perform at record release party, pr newswire:

singer/songwriter vonda shepard will celebrate the release of her new album, by 7:30, with entertainment industry celebs. and friends at a very special record release party.

considered by many to be "the voice of ally mcbeal," vonda is a cast member of the hit show and sings the show theme as well as much of each episode's music. her soundtrack record from the show has gone triple platinum and the first single from her new record, "baby, don't you break my heart slow" will premiere on tv in the april 19th ally mcbeal episode, the night before the album's release.

the single is a duet with emily saliers of the indigo girls, who will make a very special appearance at the party to perform the song with vonda. billboard magazine will also make a special presentation to vonda that evening.

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