Merry Christmas everybody!

Merry Christmas everybody!

My present came early yesterday with the birth of 6 lb 10 oz Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz. He is so adorable and doing well, I am doing great also!

Everybody have a safe and happy holiday season! I will be enjoying my time with my little man and family!

– Shemekia Copeland

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Blues great Shemekia Copeland
prepares for new arrival


Copyright Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune 2011

Shemekia Copeland’s life is about to change in a dramatic way.

For after the sublime Chicago singer performs her “Holiday Blues Bash” shows Sunday with guest Ronnie Baker Brooks at City Winery, she’ll step out of the spotlight for bit to give birth to her first child.

“The man of my dreams is coming in January — finally,” she says with a buoyant laugh, as she prepares for the arrival of her son.

“Thirty-seven years I had to wait. It’s the most wonderful experience ever.

“For me, doing what I do and traveling and all that stuff — I thought that being pregnant would not be like the best experience in the world,” she adds.

In the Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich talks about Shemekia expecting her first child, a son, due in January. Shemekia and her band will be performing two sets this coming Sunday at the City Winery in Chicago before she takes a couple of months off.

Copeland comes by her blues values in profound ways. Her father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, earned wide admiration for his imploring vocals, powerhouse guitar playing and insightful songwriting. The Texas bluesman brought his daughter onto the stage when she was 8 years old and took her on tour at 16, in effect launching her career and extending his legacy after his death in 1997, at age 60.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that Shemekia Copeland will be naming her son Johnny, a tribute to the man whose gifts clearly carried forth to the next generation.

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Videos from
the Rawa Blues Festival

The Rawa Blues Festival released videos from its 36th edition, which took place in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.

Here are Shemekia Copeland and her band performing The Battle Is Over:

It’s 2 A.M.:

Married To The Blues:

And Ghetto Child:

An announcement by Shemekia


Cue the trumpets!!


I’m sorry I couldn’t tell you guys before but I wanted to be sure everything was ok. Now I can tell you that I’m due to have a baby boy the first week in January.

To say I’m excited is the understatement of all time.

I plan on taking a little time off then be back on the road sometime in March. Depending on where we’re headed my little munchkin will be traveling with me, so be sure to come out so you can meet Johnny, the newest member of our crew.


— Shemekia Copeland

“Powerhouse electric blues”

41 Bridge Street is bringing back powerhouse electric blues singer Shemekia Copeland on Friday. As the new “Queen of the Blues,” she carries the title well and does honor to Koko Taylor.

By Domenic Forcella in the New Heaven Register, before Shemekia’s performance at 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville, Connecticut, on Friday, November 11, 2016.

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On WNPT with Music City Roots


Season four of Music City Roots premieres tonight with an Americana Festival showcase special, featuring blues star Shemekia Copeland, Canadian mod duo Whitehorse and alt-country icons The Mavericks.

The first episode of this season’s Music City Roots airs this Friday, October 28, at 7pm on WNPT — Nashville Public Television. And Shemekia is in it! Don’t miss it…

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Photos from the Rawa Blues Festival (3)

Dariusz Ptaszyński shared a full album of photos he took during Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival, in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.


Photo Dariusz Ptaszynski


Photo Dariusz Ptaszynski


Photo Dariusz Ptaszynski

Find all the other photos in Dariusz Ptaszyński’s Facebook gallery.


Photos from the Rawa Blues Festival (2)

Lukasz Rak shared his photos of Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival, in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.


Photo Lukasz Rak


Photo Lukasz Rak


Photo Lukasz Rak


Photo Lukasz Rak

Find more of Lukasz Rak’s photos on Alligator Records’ gallery on Facebook.

Photos from the Rawa Blues Festival (1)

Latvian photographer Aigars Lapsa, recipient of the 2012 Keeping the Blues Alive Award, covered the Rawa Blues Festival, in Katowice, Poland, on October 1st, 2016.

Here are some of his pictures of Shemekia.


Photo Aigars Lapsa


Photo Aigars Lapsa


Photo Aigars Lapsa


Photo Aigars Lapsa


Photo Aigars Lapsa

Discover more photos on Aigars Lapsa’s Facebook gallery.


A Blues Blast Award
for Shemekia

Shemekia Copeland won the Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Blast Awards on Friday, September 23. The award ceremony took place at the Fluid Events Center, in Champaign, Illinois.


Shemekia’s reaction:

Just got the wonderful news that I won Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Blast Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. What an honor!!