Shemekia Copeland

Saturday, July 7th at 8pm
 
“Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman… devastatingly powerful. She’s a great singer, period.” – Chicago Sun-Times
 
Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity. – USA Today
 
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, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’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. The Chicago Tribune says Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.” She was again nominated this year for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist category, the same category that she won in 2016 after the release of her latest album, Outskirts of Love.
 
While still early on in her career, the two-time GRAMMY® nominee has 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 even performed at the White House for former President and Mrs. Obama. In fact, at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared Copeland to be “The New Queen Of The Blues.” 
 
 
 

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Shemekia Copeland Live @ The New England Blues Summit 2017