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Shepley was born in San Francisco, grew up in Providence, RI, and for years has called wonderful Cambridge, MA, home. A vocalist since high school, she was lead singer from 1990 to 1995 in Cabaret Enchanté (with Catherine Coleman). The duo performed Coleman’s original music, standards, and French chansons at Scullers Jazz Club, The French Library and Cultural Center, Danny’s Sky Bar (New York City), and live on Ron Della Chiesa’s WGBH radio show, “Music America.” Shepley then put her vocal career on the back burner from '98 to '07 while she was director of communications at New England’s largest homeless shelter. She then returned to singing with both passion and purpose.

While searching for new material in the spring of '09, Shepley discovered that the lyricist of one of her favorite tunes, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,” was still writing songs. Her name was Fran Landesman, and Shepley and her musical partner/pianist Ron Roy selected their favorites of her new work, and became the first U.S. musicians to record Landesman's new songs. Their show of this songbook travelled to Provincetown, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City, earning a favorable New York Times review.

Shepley then detoured and created a show of songs by the '60s/'70 singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, whose work Shepley had long admired. The show debuted in Boston and travelled to New York City and Chicago. An album of these tunes, recorded live at a NYC club, released in April 2013.

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Jazzwise Magazine, CD review of Something Irresistible: The Songs of Fran Landesman + Simon Wallace. Four stars/excellent: “...these witty, urbane and touching songs exert a powerful hold. Metcalf's central triptych of 'Down', 'Scars' and the salutary caught-with-your- pants-down tale of 'Feet Do Your Stuff' outstanding.”

The Boston Globe: “superb cabaret/jazz singer and her ace piano accompanist (Ron Roy) specialize in unearthing little-known tunes from the Great American Songbook”

Stage Buddy: “Possessing a velvety voice with a ragged edge, Ms. Metcalf sings expressively, bringing to each song the authenticity of a woman who’s experienced life’s ups and downs

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Albums by Shepley Metcalf


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