Hailed as the “New Queen of the Blues,” Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive, and roaring, delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach.
When Shemekia broke on the scene at age 18 in 1998 with her groundbreaking Alligator Records debut CD Turn The Heat Up, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with. News outlets from The New York Times to CNN praised Copeland’s talent, larger-than-life personality, and true star power. Shemekia earned eight Blues Music Awards, Grammy nominations, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist Of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians. Her latest Alligator release, America’s Child is by far her most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.
Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave. Saturday, March 30, 9:15 pm. $25.00 Ticketweb.com. 21 & over