She switched things up on 2010's Heavy Falls The Night contained only one cover. The single, "Seven Bucks," co-produced by DJ Mitsu the Beats, was the only track she didn't helm by herself. The set was longlisted for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
Her fourth album, Rewind, was a collection of completely revisioned jazz and pop standards, tunes that had influenced her intially, but were played in her distinct, funky pop-jazz manner. Though there were a total of nine sidemen, only two or three appeared at a time. It was recorded when she was eight months pregnant and appeared in 2012, and nominated for a Juno Award.
After taking time off to nuruture her newborn daughter, Shepherd returned to the recording studio in 2014. The Signal was, at least on first listen an abrupt change of direction. More melodically and harmonically sophisticated, the set was stuctured not as a collection of songs, but as an album in the 1970s sense of the word. Among her cast of all star players, African jazz guitarist Lionel Lueke (Herbie Hancock, Gretchen Parlato) guested on two tracks. The Signal was issued on September 30. ~ Michael G. Nastos and Thom Jurek, Rovi