No limits for Shemekia

No hay límites para Shemekia Copeland, desde una balada hasta la más enérgica interpretación dando el cien por cien de sus posibilidades. Todo alma y pasión es lo que muestra en cada actuación la que fue galardonada en 2011 con la corona de Koko Taylor como la nueva “Reina del Blues” sin olvidar la gran multitud de premios y galardones que engalanan a esta gran artista.

In Dirty Rock magazine, before Shemekia’s performance in Bejar, Spain, on Saturday, July 16.

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“A passionate artist
with a modern musical
and lyrical approach”

Shemekia Copeland - Photo Doug Seymour

Shemekia Copeland – Photo Doug Seymour

With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive, and roaring, Copeland’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. Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up, or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad.

By Jay Mazza, in The Vinyl District, before Shemekia’s performance at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans this coming Sunday, May 29.

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“Shows you need to know about in New Orleans”

As the daughter of Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland was born into the blues. But in the late 1990s, while still a teenager, Shemekia introduced herself as a huge talent in her own right, a powerhouse, electrifying singer who could belt the blues and beyond. Having performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton, she has impressed the elder statesmen of both rock and blues. On her 2015 Alligator Records release “Outskirts of Love,” she covers the likes of Solomon Burke’s “I Feel A Sin Coming On,” Jesse Winchester’s “Isn’t That So,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See The Light” and ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago”; Billy Gibbons, Robert Randolph and New Orleans’ own Alvin Youngblood Hart all lend a hand. A

In Keith Spera’s “Sound Check: Shows you need to know about in New Orleans”, published by The New Orleans Advocate, before Shemekia Copeland’s show this Sunday, May 29, at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans.

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A homecoming in New Jersey

When you think of blues, you might think of the Mississippi Delta, the South Side of Chicago or New Orleans. What you probably wouldn’t think of first is New Jersey. But if the Garden State doesn’t have levees, down-home juke joints or the mother of rivers overflowing her banks every spring, it does have Shemekia Copeland.

The three-time Grammy-nominated blues star, who partly grew up in Teaneck, is having a homecoming of sorts on Saturday : She’s returning to the town where she spent teen years, and bringing her band (Arthur Neilson and Ken “Willie” Scandlyn, guitars; Kevin Jenkins, bass; Robin Gould, drums) with her.

“I cannot wait to come, I’m so excited,” says Copeland, who will be appearing at Teaneck’s Mexicali Live for the second time after the release of her Grammy-nominated album “Outskirts of Love.”

By Jim Beckerman in “A North Jersey homecoming for blues diva Shemekia Copeland,” before Shemekia’s performance at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 7th. Read the full story on

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Performing at Garde

Shemekia Copeland - Photo Tim Martin - The Day

The Day published a gallery of photographs by Tim Martin after Shemekia’s performance at the Garde Arts Center, in New London, Connecticut, on April 28. Discover the full gallery on The Day.

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Interviewed in Amsterdam

Before her show at the North Sea Jazz Club, in Amsterdam, on March 12, Shemekia was interviewed by debluesradio com. She talked about her music, her dad and her ambitions. Here is the video…

Shemekia “pushes the genre into the future”

Shemekia Copeland - Photo Joseph A Rosen

Shemekia Copeland – Photo Joseph A Rosen

(…) For Shemekia Copeland — a 37-year-old second-generation singer with multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award nominations and a power-quake voice capable of nuancing every emotion — the blues are a complex and ever-evolving art form. Over the course of seven albums, including last year’s critically celebrated “Outskirts of Love,” Copeland has channeled personal experiences and the ongoing complexities of the world in a way that not only celebrates the blues but also pushes the genre into the future. And the topics she chooses to sing about cover a variety of heady subjects, from date rape and social injustice to morally bankrupt politicians and religious hypocrites.

By Rick Koster, in “Shemekia Copeland brings the blues to New London” published by The Day, before Shemekia’s performance at the Garde Arts Center, in New London, Connecticut, this coming Thursday, April 28.

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In the Washington Post

The Washington Post picked Shemekia Copeland in their list of the upcoming shows. Shemekia and her band are performing at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, this coming Saturday, April 16.

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“Blues singer preserves musical legacy”

In 2011, blues singer and songwriter Shemekia Copeland was crowned “Queen of the Blues” by legendary singer KoKo Taylor’s daughter, Cookie, at the Chicago Blues Festival. That special moment was a career highlight for the down home, Harlem-born entertainer with the gut-wrenching vocal chops. Yet, she was perplexed as to why she was being passed such an influential torch.

“I couldn’t believe it,” says Copeland during her master class at Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta. “I didn’t think it was going to happen in that way. It’s an honor and blessing for them to think that I can carry this music on for my generation.”

Copeland doesn’t speak in front of an audience very often, but she isn’t fazed by interacting with people at all. The singer is extremely gracious anytime fans or other musicians give her high praises for her talent or come to hear her sing. She drops a few historical references about iconic female blues singers she looks up to, shares several stories about herself and lists some of the global artists and musicians she streams on her playlists. But nothing gets Copeland’s adrenaline going like performing for a crowd.

Singing makes Copeland light up. “The art of entertaining is still my favorite part,” she says. “When somebody gets up there and jumps inside of a song and sells you that song, you need to be able to believe them.” What makes Copeland special in this era of music is she records and performs blues with contemporary themes and subject matter. She addresses topics like domestic violence (“I Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo”), date rape and religious hypocrisy.

By Christopher A. Daniel, in a lenghty feature titled “Shemekia Copeland: Blues singer preserves musical legacy,” also talking about the lyrics of her songs, her first appearance at The Cotton Club in New York at age 9, her sicography, her influences . Read the full story on The Burton WireLOGO the burton wire

“She wears her crown well”

“In 2011, the singer, daughter of late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, was proclaimed “Queen of the Blues” by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, succeeding the late Koko Taylor. Possessor of a soulful, gritty, and powerful voice, she wears her crown well,” writes The Boston Globe before Shemekia’s show at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge, Massachussets, this coming Thursday, April 14.