Happy Birthday Shemekia Copeland





” 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).” Continue reading





Turn the Heat Up!
1998 Turn the Heat Up! Alligator Records
2000 Wicked Alligator Records
Talking to Strangers
2002 Talking to Strangersalbum review Alligator Records
The Soul Truth
2005 The Soul Truthalbum review Alligator Records
Never Going Back
2009 Never Going Back Telarc Distribution
33 1/3
2012 33 1/3album review Telarc