Shemekia Copeland: “Hell, yeah’ God loves the blues”

To start his “Face to Faith,” a new column and podcast, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Robert Herguth invited Shemekia Copeland. Trying to answer to questions like: “What role does religion play in the lives of entertainers, politicians and others in the public eye?” “What’s shaped their faith?”

Shemekia Copeland at the Chicago Blues Fest in Grant Park June 13, 2015 – Photo Brian Jackson / Sun-Times files

Some of Shemekia’s answers:

My mom’s from North Carolina. So summers I would go visit my Grandma Jessie, and my Grandma Jessie was a saved woman. I always tease about it on stage that we went to church 28 days a week when I was down there because, you know, there was something to do with the church every day, bible study on Monday or this on Tuesday. […]

But my father, when I was at home in New York, we would just go to any church. My father was a very spiritual man . . . He just wanted to go and pray. And so I’ve always had faith, and I’ve always been spiritual. But it wasn’t until about two years ago I actually joined a church.

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