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Shemekia Copeland

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Years Active: 1996–present
Genre:blues, gospel, soul
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Shemekia Copeland (b Harlem, New York City, 10 April 1979) is an American blues singer.The daughter of blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland, 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.

She landed a record deal with Alligator, which issued her debut album "Turn the Heat Up!" in 1998. The record was met with enthusiastic reviews, and she toured 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, early R&B diva Ruth Brown. It earned her three W.C. Handy Blues 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.See also:Official WebsiteArtist Biography by Steve Huey Turn the Heat Up! The daughter of renowned Texas blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, Shemekia Copeland began making a splash in her own right before she was even out of her teens.

Projecting a maturity beyond her years, Copeland fashioned herself as a powerful, soul-inflected shouter in the tradition of Koko Taylor and Etta James, yet also proved capable of a subtler range of emotions.

Copeland was born in Harlem in 1979 and her father encouraged her to sing right from the beginning, even bringing her up on-stage at the Cotton Club when she was just eight years old. She began to pursue a singing career in earnest at age 16, when her father's health began to decline due to heart disease; he took Shemekia on tour with him as his opening act, which helped establish her name on the blues circuit.

She landed a record deal with Alligator, which issued her debut album, Turn the Heat Up!, in 1998, when she was just 19 years old (sadly, her father didn't live to see the occasion). Wicked While the influences on Copeland's style were crystal clear, the record was met with enthusiastic reviews praising its energy and passion.

Marked as a hot young newcomer to watch, Copeland toured the blues festival circuit in America and Europe, and landed a fair amount of publicity. Her second album, Wicked, was released in 2000 and featured a duet with one of her heroes, early R&B diva Ruth Brown.

Wicked earned Copeland a slew of W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations and she walked off with three: Song of the Year, Blues Album of the Year, and Contemporary Female Artist of the Year. The follow-up record, Talking to Strangers, was produced by legendary pianist Dr.

John and featured songs that she proudly claimed were her best yet. The Soul Truth, produced by Steve Cropper, was released by Alligator Records in 2005. Never Going Back followed in 2009 from Telarc Blues, and was produced by the Wood Brothers' Oliver Wood.

33 1/3 appeared in 2012, and was again produced by Wood and issued by Telarc

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Shemekia Copeland performs blues, gospel, soul music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Shemekia Copeland for your event, Please Contact. Shemekia Copeland has more than 32.2K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Carolyn Wonderland, Deborah Coleman, Janiva Magness, Debbie Davies, Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, Marcia Ball, Tinsley Ellis, Dave Hole, Mike Zito, Ana Popovic, Aynsley Lister, Corey Stevens . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shemekia Copeland for an upcoming event.

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