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

Translation:

“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.”

Read the full story (in Polish) on Onet.com.

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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.

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

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“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.

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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.

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“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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Back at the Edmonton Blues Festival 20 years later

When singer Shemekia Copeland first played the Edmonton Blues Festival in 2000 she was only 22 and still something of a diamond in the rough. Despite her stage debut at age eight on the stage of Harlem’s Cotton Club and opening for her father — the late Texas blues great Johnny Copeland — from age 15, she had yet to take voice lessons or work on much original material.

Now, with eight albums, a shelf full of awards and more than 20 years of touring behind her, the New York-born powerhouse is the leading lady of contemporary blues, known for simmering soul ballads, touches of Americana, and rocking out. In 2016 she was named Female Blues Artist of the Year by the Blues Music Awards and in both the critics and readers polls of Living Blues magazine.

In “Seasoned Shemekia Copeland returns to Edmonton Blues Festival,” published by the Edmonton Journal, Roger Levesque presents Shemekia’s upcoming show, this Friday, August 19, at the Edmonton Blues Festival in Edmonton, Canada. The journalist interviewed Shemekia, asking her questions about “how making music changed in the 20 years” since Shemekia started performing regularly, about “different regional styles of blues or other musical genres,” about humor and darker songs.

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“She absolutely killed it”

Shemekia Copeland and her band absolutely killed it today at the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival at Fort Taber!

The New Bedforg Guide live-streamed part of Shemekia’s performance at the New Bedford Whaling Festival in New Bedford, Massachussetts on Saturday, August 13.

The two videos add up more than 9,000 views in less than 48 hours!

 

“Do yourself a favor”

Do yourself a favor and YouTube Shemekia Copeland’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.”

It’s a cover I discovered a few years ago, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it since. It’s a stripped down, bare-boned, almost lullaby of a cover.

Copeland has range, voice and taste. She moves gracefully from a sultry croon, to a blistering soul-shout. She’s a legit blues maven: Think Etta James, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples.

“Growing up, I loved women who had strong voices. I always said when I was growing up, ‘I want to sing like a man,’” she told me. “I was [drawn] to women who had strong voices — Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown. They had so much attitude.”

All three women are clear influences in Copeland’s power-belt and bluesy growl.

Lauren Daley interviewed Shemekia Copeland before her performance at the New Bedford Whaling Blues Festival, at Fort Tabor Park, in New Bedford, Massachussets this Saturday, August 13, for South Coast Today. In this piece called “Three-time Grammy nominee to rock Whaling Blues Festival,” Lauren Daley talks about Shemekia’s history, her influences and more.
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Here is the video mentioned by Lauden Daley…