Born in Pauls Valley, OK., Jean spent most of her formative years in Visalia, CA. She was one of ten children, who Jean says, were all musically inclined. Because music was such an important part of her life, it was only natural that in her early teens, she helped form and become the lead singer in an all girl band called “The Melody Ranch Girls.”
Fate took a hand almost immediately. In one of her early performances with The Ranch Girls, Jean appeared with Hank Thompson. He was impressed enough with the talented newcomer to arrange introductions which ultimately would lead to Jean’s recording contract with Capitol Records. For over 21 years Jean remained under contract to Capitol, selling countless millions of records, including……
Dear John Letter * Beautiful Lies * Many Happy Hangovers * Seven Lonely Days * Then He Touched Me * Satisfied Mind * Second Fiddle.
In the early 70″s Jean moved to UA Records where she continued to have #1 records such as……
Slippin’ Away * Poor Sweet Baby * At The Time * Tips Of My Fingers.
She continues her successful career with over 45 albums recorded to this point.
Admired by her peers and emulated by ever so many “up and coming” female country singers, Jean Shepard is a steadfast pillar of the compliment of Grand Performing Ladies, who have graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, as well as the country music stages all over the world. Although, Jean is married to Benny Birchfield, A musician, singer and prominate member of Nashville’s music community, she still maintains a busy road performance schedule. permanent home, “THE GRAND OLE OPRY.”Jean Shepard is still a breath of fresh air, which keeps alive the true meaning and value of traditional country music.
The late Gentleman Jim Reeves was often quoted, when he said, “All the girl singers should sound like Jean Shepard. She always hits her notes, holds them and wraps them around an audience like nobody else can.”
Another great quote from award winning, legendary record producer, Joe Allison says, “If you took all the the good points of all the female singers and wrapped them up in one package, you would have Jean Shepard.”
Countless millions of fans all over the world, agree, “The Jean Shepard Show” is a must see show, be it on the Grand Ole Opry, in concert with a symphony, or a fair in your hometown. Check your dictionary for the meaning of Legend, it reads “JEAN SHEPARD”