Personalities | Shemekia Copeland | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, b. 1979)

This Harlem-born daughter of Texas bluesman Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland apprenticed onstage with her father. She emerged as a solo artist in 1997, beginning a run of albums that made her one of the most popular artists in contemporary blues. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 2002’s Dr. John-produced Talking To Strangers that the quality of Copeland’s songs matched that of her powerful shouter’s voice and live charisma.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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