At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, 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 such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and officially given the honor as the new “Queen of the Blues” by Taylor’s daughter, Cookie.
Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“… the best pure blues voice of the last 30 years.” - The Alternative Root
“she seems to have hit upon that perfect balance of soul and rocking, using her incredible vocal strength without trying to overpower the songs.” - Michael Rugel, Top 10 Best Blues Albums of 2012, American Blues Scene
“a gripping, stripped-to-basics release that reaffirms her position as one of the great hopes for the art form.” - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune review of 33 1/3