Three Living Blues Awards!

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Shemekia Copeland – Photo Ken Scandlyn

Shemekia Copeland won three 2016 Living Blues Awards. She was named Blues Artist Of The Year (Female) in both the Readers’ and Critics’ Polls. Her 2015 CD, Outskirts Of Love, won the Critics’ Poll for Album Of The Year. Copeland has received seven previous Living Blues Awards.

Outskirts Of Love received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Blues Album category. She also won the 2016 Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award at the Blues Music Awards.

Check out all of Shemekia’s awards.

The prestigious United Kingdom publication, The Blues Magazine, named the CD the 2015 Album Of The Year. In the magazine’s review of the record, writer Rev. Keith Gordon says, “Shemekia Copeland is one of the best singers performing today. A rich blend of blues, soul and roots-rock that will astound the casual listener while rewarding Copeland’s longtime fans. Pure joy.” Editor Ed Mitchell calls it “a mature masterpiece of modern blues.”

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Read the full list of awards in Living Blues.

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“Focus on tough issues”

What would she rather focus on? “Domestic violence, date rape, religious hypocrites, crooked politicians, the list goes on and on.” Her longtime manager and main songwriter, John Hahn, crafts songs that allow her passionate opinions to shine. His lyrics coupled with her dynamic voice have filled eight albums and earned critical acclaim along the way.

By Jennifer Mulson, in “Shemekia Copeland’s songs focus on tough issues, not broken hearts” in The Gazette before Shemekia’s performance at the Blues Under the Bridge festival, this Saturday, July 30, in Colorado Springs.

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“In the family tradition”

Some people stumble across the blues; others inherit them. Shemekia Copeland falls into the latter camp. […] “I was very proud of where I grew up, but I was fully aware that we were living in the ghetto,” says the singer, whose soulful cover of her father’s song “Ghetto Child” — about growing up dirt poor in “this so-called free land” — rings no less true today. “My father wrote the song about Third Ward Texas over 50 years ago,” says the Grammy-nominated electric blues singer. “And when I was growing up in Harlem, the song was still relevant, and it continues to be. I’d like to be like people who look at the world through rose-colored glasses. But I’ve been on this earth for 37 years, and so far I’ve been watching it get worse. I wish that wasn’t true, but unfortunately it is.”

Bill Forman wrote “Shemekia Copeland carries on in the family tradition” for the Colorado Springs Independent before Shemekia’s performance at the Blues Under the Bridge festival this Saturday, July 30, in Colorado Springs.

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Photos from the Montreux Jazz Festival

Some memories of the Montreux Jazz Festival, 12 photos courtesy of Daniel Balmat.

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More photos on Montreux Jazz Festival.

Interviewed in Switzerland

Shemekia Copeland was interviewed while in Switzerland to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She discusses her influences, spending time on the road with blues greats and more. The segment ends with a portion of her performance of “The Battle Is Over.”

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“Un mundo moderno”

Es realmente importante que el blues siga creciendo y evolucionando. Esto es lo relevante en un mundo moderno que está en constante transformación. Por ello, intento cantar mi blues sobre hechos que son importantes hoy en día, y podréis oírlo todo cuando visite España el próximo verano.

Shemekia Copeland was interviewed by Hector Fernandez for Ruta 66 last year, when she release Outskirts of Love. The Spanish magazine published the story before Shemekia’s four upcoming performances in Spain: on July 9 at the Cazorla Blues festival, on July 10 at the Marula Café in Barcelona, on Friday 15 at the Hondarribia Blues Festival and on Saturday 16 at the Béjar Blues Festival.

A lengthy story about her label, Outskirts of Love and the intimacy in her latest album, her musical style(s), her vision of the future of blues music…

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“A strong gospel
and soulful sound”

Shemekia Copeland – Kirstine Walton Photography

Shemekia paid homage to her father, blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland, by performing one of his songs. She did her father proud with her version of his “Devil’s Hand.”

With a strong gospel and soulful sound, Shemekia’s powerful voice made everyone stop and listen to the captivating performance.

Kirstine Walton reviewed the 33rd Chicago Blues Festival for National Blues Review. “Headlining the night was 2015 Grammy nominee, Shemekia Copeland with special guest, Curtis Salgado, as well as a brief appearance from Alligator Records’ founder, Bruce Iglauer,” she writes.

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“I was doing my own thing”

Don Wilcock interviewed Shemekia Copeland for Nippertown, before her performance at the 39th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, on Saturday June, 25, 2016, right before her European tour.

He asked her questions about her father, Johnny Copeland:

Shemekia has Johnny’s genes. She first joined her dad on stage at age six. “I was nervous all along,” she admits today. “I didn’t even want to sing in front of my family. It was like, oh, my God, you know? And that’s just insecurity. God, I love being an adult. I say it all the time. I’m so grateful for growing up because when you are comfortable with who you are, and you are comfortable with yourself and you are comfortable with what you are saying and what you are putting out in the universe, it just makes getting up on the stage that much more easy. You get to a certain age where you just – know what? I’m gonna say this anyhow, (laughs) and then you decide how you feel about it, but I’m gonna tell you how I feel. It’s a wonderful feeling.”

He also asked her about her influences, where her albums come from, including the songs written by her manager John Hahn in her latest Outskirts of Love album, before going back to her dad:

Shemekia always does just one of her daddy’s songs on each album. On Outskirts of Town it’s “Devil’s Hand.” “I don’t wanna do a whole record of Johnny Copeland songs. Later on in my career, maybe, but right now I’m still trying to figure out who Shemekia Copeland is, so I don’t want to do that just yet. Once I establish my own identity, which with the last three records I feel I’m doing more so than ever, then maybe I’ll do other things ’cause people always say, ‘Well, why don’t you do a tribute record to Koko Taylor?’ In my mind I’m thinking I knew Koko Taylor very well, and that would piss her off. If she was alive she would be gracious that I did it, but she would also be pissed off because the reason she loved me so much was because I was doing my own thing.”

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Three nominations for the 2016
Living Blues Readers’ Awards

Living Blues Magazine
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magazine has announced the nominees for the 2016 Living Blues Readers’ Awards. Shemekia Copeland receives three nominations, including Blues Artist Of The Year (Female), Best Blues Album Of 2015 for Outskirts Of Love and Best Live Performer.

The public (subscribers and non-subscribers alike) can vote at or by mailing in the ballot in the current issue of the magazine (#243), by July 15, 2016.

Winners will be announced in August.


Back in Barcelona

Ya sea cantando a todo pulmón un estridente blues, invocando el espíritu del góspel o entonando alguna balada country, Shemekia Copeland suena como nadie. Por eso es un honor que nos visite en Barcelona esta nominada tres veces a los Grammys, ganadora de un Blues Music Award este 2016 y nombrada ya como ‘Nueva Reina del Blues‘ en 2011 durante el Chicago Blues Festival.

Con una voz que es al mismo tiempo sensual, asertiva y poderosa, posee una visión muy abierta del blues contemporáneo y del soul y su trayectoria muestra la evolución de una artista apasionada con un enfoque musical y lírico moderno.

“Shemekia’s blues returns to Barcelona in July.” Roberto Fierro presents Shemekia Copeland before her show in Barcelona, Spain, on July 10.

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