“Her voice is her instrument”

Bluesmaster Johnny Clyde Copeland’s little girl is all grown up and her own woman now. As a shy young girl, Shemekia Copeland first sang at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club, thanks to dad’s pull. Through hard work and careful management, she since has developed her own public persona that’s taken her on tours to Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. […]

Her voice is her instrument, backed by a strong four-piece band with each member bringing decades of experience to the stage. At times she will sound like a fiery blues rocker. She does gospel as well as anyone on the circuit today. She can deliver a blistering soul shout, be sultry and even pull off a country-inspired ballad. […]

John Hahn, her longtime manager who has known the singer’s family for 30 years, said, “Shemekia, over time, has found a voice as an artist that other women can relate to. … She has really come to be her own person, singing about issues that women and mothers deal with all the time in their lives.”

By Dan Burnett in Weekender, before Shemekia’s performance at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania this Friday, August 4.

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