“A very consistent high quality”

Největší hvězdou přehlídky je bezesporu Shemekia Copeland, považovaná už několik let za „královnu blues“ […] Sedmatřicetiletá dáma, jejímž otcem byl slavný texaský kytarista Johnny Copeland, má za sebou už osm alb velmi vyrovnané vysokékvality.

In, before Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.


The biggest star of the show is undoubtedly Shemekia Copeland, who has been considered as the “Queen of Blues” for several years […] At age 37, the lady, whose father was the famous Texas guitarist Johnny Copeland, has already released eight albums of a very consistent high quality.

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“A force to be reckoned with”

Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with Buddy Guy,B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

On Broadway before the 3rd annual Fifth Star Awards ceremony, which will be held this Wednesday, September 14 2106, at 7 pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, in Chicago. Shemekia will present an award to blues legend Buddy Guy.


An interview before
the Fifth Star Awards

Justin Kaufmann interviewed Shemekia Copeland for WGN radio before she presents an award to the legendary Buddy Guy at the third annual Fifth Star Awards this Wednesday, September 14, at Chicago’s Millenium Park.


Shemekia talks about her career, when she first started playing the blues, what it was like touring with her father, the lessons she has learned from years of being on the road, learning how to use her voice, the process of writing new material, her relationship with Chicago, what it means to present an award to Buddy Guy, her relationship with Buddy Guy and what he has done for her music, what she learned from playing with Buddy Guy and why we are seeing less blues music in the mainstream.

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“A real volcano”

Swój pierwszy album nagrała jako bardzo młoda dziewczyna, miała wtedy zaledwie osiemnaście lat. Płyta ”Turn The Heat Up” została entuzjastycznie przyjęta przez media oraz fanów bluesa, a  kolejne wydawnictwa potwierdziły ogromny potencjał wokalistki. Shemekia to prawdziwy sceniczny wulkan.

On, before Shemekia’s performance at the Rawa Blues Festival in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.


“She recorded her first album very young, when she was only eighteen. The album, ‘Turn The Heat Up’, was enthusiastically received by the media and by blues fans. Her other releases confirmed the huge potential of the singer. On stage Shemekia is a real volcano.”

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Photos of Shemekia
at NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club

New York based music photographer Dino Perrucci attended Shemekia Copeland’s performance at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on September 10. Here is some of his work.


© Photo Dino Perrucci


© Photo Dino Perrucci


© Photo Dino Perrucci


© Photo Dino Perrucci

Discover more of Dino Perrucci’s photographs on his website.


“A double-barreled blues blast”

The end of the summer never sounded as sweet, sassy and soaked in the blues as it did at The Egg on Labor Day weekend when Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland teamed up for a double-barreled blues blast.


Photo Andrzej Pilarczyk

Andrzej Pilarczyk shared his photos of Shemekia’s performance at The Egg, in Albany, NY, on September 2nd, 2016.

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“A modern musical and lyrical approach”

With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, the three-time Grammy nominee’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

In The Register Citizen before Shemekia Copeland’s performance at Music Infinity Hall, in Norfolk, Connecticut, on September 9, 2016.

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“A finger scorching-hot ticket”

Shemekia Sopeland’s on the road in support of her Grammy-nominated album “Outskirts of Love,” and Shemekia Copeland will be bringing her blues, roots rock, Americana and soul music to Portland for a potent night of tunes. Copeland and her band just might spontaneously combust when they hit their stride, which will likely be during the first song. This is a finger scorching-hot ticket so grab yours before they sell out.

By Aimsel Ponti in Maine Today, before Shemekia’s performance at the Portland House of Music in Portland, Maine, on Thursday, September 8.


“Gutsy, passionate…”

The serious, sizzling part came with Shemekia Copeland. It was a noteworthy return for the gutsy, passionate New York-born, Chicago-based singer who made her Edmonton debut at the fest back in 2000, still a teenager. […]

Copeland looked radiant belting out tunes in the twilight sun, opening up with several numbers from her recent album Outskirts Of Love. Her charisma and hip delivery make just about anything she sings entertaining making it hard to realize at points that she was addressing heavy issues in songs about date rape (Crossbone Beach) or domestic violence (Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo).

By Roger Levesque, in the the Edmonton Journal, after Shemekia’s performance at the Edmonton Blues Festival in Canada on Friday, August 19, 2016.

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Shemekia to present Fifth Star Awards with Cindy Crawford

A supermodel, a comedy icon, a blues queen and rising Broadway star will take the stage at Millennium Park next month to present Fifth Star Awards to local arts heroes.

Shemekia Copeland will be presenting a Star Award to Buddy Guy, “the bluesman she has said is like a second father, and Broadway talent Chester Gregory, honoring Jackie Taylor of Black Ensemble Theatre, home of his breakout show, “The Jackie Wilson Story,” writes Darel Jevens in the article presenting the Fifth Star Awards in the Chicago Sun Times.

“Cindy Crawford will do the honors for Victor Skrebneski, the photographer she credits for launching her career, and Waiting for Guffman and Everybody Loves Raymond actor Fred Willard will honor the Second City, the theater where he did some of his early performing,” adds the journalist.

The free event will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun Times.

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