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Occupation(s)  Singer
Name  Shemekia Copeland
Website  Shemekia Copeland.com

Years active  1996–present
Instruments  Vocals
Parents  Johnny Copeland
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Born  April 10, 1979 (age 36) Harlem, New York, United States (1979-04-10)
Genres  Electric blues, gospel, R&B
Labels  Alligator Records, Telarc
Role  Vocalist · shemekiacopeland.com
Albums  The Soul Truth, 33 1/3, Wicked, Talking To Strangers
Movies  Three to Tango, On Stage at World Cafe Live: Shemekia Copeland
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Charon Shemekia Copeland (born April 10, 1979) is an American electric blues vocalist.

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Career

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Copeland was born in Harlem, New York City, United States. She is the daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland. She began singing at an early age and her first public performance was at the Cotton club when she was about 10. She began to pursue a singing career in earnest at age 16. When her father's health began to decline, he took Shemekia on tour as his opening act, which helped establish her name on the blues circuit. Copeland graduated in 1997 from Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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She landed a recording contract with Alligator Records, which issued her debut album, Turn the Heat Up! in 1998, following it up with a tour of the blues festival circuit in America and Europe. Her second album, Wicked, was released in 2000 and featured a duet with one of her heroes, Ruth Brown. It earned her three Blues Music Awards.

The follow-up record, Talking to Strangers, was produced by Dr. John, and in 2005 she released The Soul Truth, produced by Steve Cropper.

In 2008, Copeland signed with Telarc International, and released her first album, Never Going Back with that label in February 2009. She won the "Rising Star - Blues Artist" in Down Beat magazine's critics poll announced in the December 2009 issue.

Copeland participated in the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival in 2009. On June 12, 2011 at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, Copeland was presented Koko Taylor's crown, and officially given the honor as the new "Queen of the Blues" by Koko Taylor's daughter, Cookie Taylor.

In 2013, Copeland was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist' category. She won the title in 2016.

In October 2015, her album Outskirts of Love peaked at number 6 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.

Discography

  • 1998: Turn the Heat Up
  • 2000: Wicked
  • 2002: Talking to Strangers
  • 2005: The Soul Truth
  • 2009: Never Going Back
  • 2011: Shemekia Copeland - Deluxe Edition
  • 2012: 33 1/3
  • 2015: Outskirts of Love
  • References

    Shemekia Copeland Wikipedia


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