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Shemekia Copeland – Blues Highlights

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland, a second-generation performer who holds nothing back when it comes to belting out the blues.  Furthermore, she finds her sense of purpose when it comes to creating her own style of southern blues. Growing up in the height of the hip hop era, she takes a cue from her late father, Johnny Copeland.  He persuades her to open for him on the road.  Surprisingly, she connects with the blues and as a teenager, starts recording her own head-turning albums.

Creatively to be a female blues artist, most determined women know that you have to be outspoken, sassy and somewhat in your face.  While she prefers songs that allow her to play the part of a woman that can stand up for herself. She also likes to sing about what she wants in a man as well.  Either way, nothing is going to stop her from leaving a trail of blues hits along the way.  With her sultry assertive voice, she delivers every song with unparallel honesty and passion. Check out this stunning performance with Robert Cray “I Pity The Fool” By Bobby Blue Bland.

Her Accolades

Since her first Grammy nomination at the age of 21, Copeland has been working to push the blues into the 21st century while still respecting its traditions. In January 2020, Shemekia Copeland is nominated for two Blues Music Awards: “Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year” and “Instrumentalist – Vocals”.  Furthermore, the 41st Annual Blues Music Awards will happen on Memphis on May 7, 2020. 

Last Year, Shemekia won two Blues Music Awards: “Contemporary Blues Album” and “Album of the Year”, both for America’s Child. Her eighth album, which was produced by Will Kimbrough and including guests like John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, J.D. Wilkes, Steve Cropper and others.  

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