Shemekia Copeland: Grammy-Nominated Queen of the Blues
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Cassandra Wilson is best known as a jazz singer and instrumentalist, but she has broken out of the traditional confines of the genre to include elements of blues, country and folk into her music. She draws on influences ranging from Miles Davis and Hank Williams to Joni Mitchell and Robert Johnson. In addition to her two Grammys, Wilson has won the Django D'Or and The Edison Music Award, and been recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields, the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Learn More
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Featured review from Tom GeorgeRed Velvet
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The "warm up band" was not just warm...they were "hot". They all were very good artists in their own right. All of them could be in a headliner group if they have not been already. The drummer was especially good. The main event was beyond my expectations. Shemekia is one little dynamo of fun and song...she just belts it out there and you wonder if she has an unending reservoir of vocal power. She dances, she prances and she blows the house down with her voice. I was not disappointed. Her band took perfection to a new level. Their playing was clean, crisp and outstanding without making Shemekia look like the backup singer to a great band....and the setting in The Triple Door made for one of the better concerts I have been to in a long time...and I have been to concerts for over 40 years...
Quotes & Highlights
Listen to samples of Copeland’s music on her website.
“She belongs to the school of blues belters whose roars could move rocks up hills.” —TimeOut New York
“Her powerhouse voice and sassy attitude had people calling her the new Queen of the Blues from the beginning.” —Washington Post
See Copeland’s 2009 performance on Late Night with David Letterman.
At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s 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 has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown by her daughter, Cookie, on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.