When David. E. Kelley was formulating a new dramedy called Ally McBeal
, he envisioned the show's star, Calista Flockhart, pouring out her emotions through songs at the end of each episode. That is, until he heard Vonda Shepard perform the song "The Wildest Times of the World" at an L.A. club.
"It was the proverbial lightbulb going off when he saw me up there," Shepard told Songfacts
. And that was the song that made him realize this was the voice - I was the voice, I was the sound for the character's emotional make up."
The two were actually already friends through Kelley's wife, actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Shepard appeared on every episode of Ally McBeal
, which ran from 1997-2002.