“A powerful voice comes with being a Copeland”

Shemekia Copeland is sitting in her Chicago home, conducting a phone interview while holding her 3-month-old son in her arms. Suddenly her son lets out a loud, gleeful sound.

“He’s very vocal. I don’t know where he gets that,” Copeland says.

No mystery there. A powerful voice comes with being a Copeland. It’s a gift he inherited from his mother and one she inherited, along with her talent, from her father, the late Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland.

Joe Burns interviewed Shemekia before her headlining performance at the New England Blues Summit at the Cape Cod Resort in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Saturday, April 29.

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