John Sheppard was an English composer of the Renaissance period. He was born in 1515 but very little is known about his early life and musical training. Some of the information about his early life was found to be inaccurate as some misconduct attributed to him was actually that of Richard Shepper. It has been pretty well confirmed that he was the choir director at Magdalen College in Oxford from 1543 to 1548. He then joined the Chapel Royal as a Gentleman, a position he held until his death.