Born in San Francisco, Shepley Metcalf grew up in the wee state of Rhode Island. She graduated from Hampshire College, where she did some warbling, and then moved to Cambridge, MA where she has lived ever since. 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 then returned 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, Ron has extensive credits in cabaret, musical theatre, and opera and has traveled internationally as musical director and accompanist for a variety of shows and performers, including the Off-Broadway hit, Forbidden Broadway. Ron and Shepley met in 2005 at The Tuscany Project, a vocal workshop in Italy where Ron is a faculty member. Shepley was there as a student, with hopes of getting back into the music world.
Shepley and Ron perform throughout New England (Scullers Jazz Club, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Acton Jazz Cafe), in New York City (Metropolitan Room), and in Chicago (Davenport's.) Their latest venture is GOING PLACES, a journey via song across the U.S. and beyond, with songs by Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, and more. They debut this new show at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Nov. 12, 2014.