Shemekia “pushes the genre into the future”

Shemekia Copeland - Photo Joseph A Rosen

Shemekia Copeland – Photo Joseph A Rosen

(…) For Shemekia Copeland — a 37-year-old second-generation singer with multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award nominations and a power-quake voice capable of nuancing every emotion — the blues are a complex and ever-evolving art form. Over the course of seven albums, including last year’s critically celebrated “Outskirts of Love,” Copeland has channeled personal experiences and the ongoing complexities of the world in a way that not only celebrates the blues but also pushes the genre into the future. And the topics she chooses to sing about cover a variety of heady subjects, from date rape and social injustice to morally bankrupt politicians and religious hypocrites.

By Rick Koster, in “Shemekia Copeland brings the blues to New London” published by The Day, before Shemekia’s performance at the Garde Arts Center, in New London, Connecticut, this coming Thursday, April 28.

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