“She belts out each song,
all heart and soul”

Think fiery. Blistering. Soulful. With a hint of gospel. The kind of voice that gives you chills.

Copeland reinvents the blues and makes them her own, especially on her new album, where she sings about modern problems, such as homelessness, date rape and domestic violence.

She belts out each song, all heart and soul.

“I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into all of my albums,” Copeland said. “But this one is very special to me. I’ve been making records since I was 18 years old. Now I’m 36 years old. I feel like I’ve been working forever to get to this point. (…)

By Colleen Curran, for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, before Shemekia’s performance at the Richmond Folk Festival this Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, in Richmond, Virginia.

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