Born in San Francisco, Shepley Metcalf grew up in Providence, RI and has lived in the Boston area since college. 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 put her vocal career on the back burner while she was director of communications at Pine Street Inn, New England’s largest homeless shelter, from 1998 to 2007, but she has come back to it with renewed passion and purpose.
With a repertoire keyed to her emotional depth and sophisticated wit, Shepley’s delivery is charismatic, self-assured, captivating, and illuminated by her love of the material she sings. Great lyrics are especially important to her. “They should hold up independent of the music, like good poems,” she says. Along with selecting standards that she makes her own, she searches out lesser-known gems, great songs that may have been recorded by only one or two singers: “There are lost songs that deserve to be found, like great books that have gone out of print. "
Shepley's musical partner is the exceptional pianist and arranger Ron Roy. A faculty member at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Ron has extensive credits in cabaret, musical theatre and opera. He has been on stage both locally and worldwide, including Scullers Jazz Club, the Huntington Theatre, the Roy Hart Theatre in Southern France, and venues in Berlin and Toyko. He travels internationally as musical director and accompanist for a variety of shows and performers, including the Off-Broadway hit, Forbidden Broadway. Ron and Shepley first worked together in Italy at the Tuscany Project, a vocal workshop where Ron is an ongoing faculty member.
In the Boston area, Shepley and Ron have performed at Scullers Jazz Club , Acton Jazz Cafe, Upstairs on the Square, The Fireplace, Lily Pad, and The Daily Catch; in Chicago, at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret; and in Brooklyn, NY at Two Boots (Brooklyn, NY). In coming months their show of new Fran Landesman ("Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most") songs is booked at the Metropolitan Room in New York City and the Rrazz Room in San Francisco.