Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland possesses one of the most instantly recognizable and deeply soulful roots music voices of our time. She is beloved worldwide for the fearlessness, honesty and humor of her revelatory music, as well as for delivering each song she performs with unmatched passion. Copeland — winner of the 2021 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year— connects with her audience on an intensely personal level, taking them with her on what The Wall Street Journal calls “a consequential ride” of “bold and timely blues.” NPR Music says Shemekia sings with “punchy defiance and potent conviction.” The Houston Chronicle describes her songs as “resilient pleas for a kinder tomorrow.”
On her new Alligator album, “Done Come Too Far,” Copeland continues the story she began telling on 2018’s groundbreaking “America’s Child” and 2020’s Grammy-nominated “Uncivil War,” reflecting her vision of America’s past, present and future. On “Done Come Too Far,” she delivers her hard-hitting musical truths through her eyes, those of a young American Black woman, a mother, and a wife. But she likes to have a good time too, and her music reflects that, at times putting her sly sense of humor front and center.
“This album was made by all sides of me — happy, sad, silly, irate — they’re all a part who I am and who we all are,” says Shemekia. “I’m not political. I’m just talking about what’s happening in this country.”
Copeland is used to the spotlight. Born and raised in Harlem, New York in 1979, she first stepped on stage with her famous father, the late Texas bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, at New York’s Cotton Club when she was eight. As soon as Copeland released her Alligator Records debut “Turn The Heat Up” in 1998 at age 18, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with.
Shemekia has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world, and has appeared in films, on national television, NPR, and has been the subject of major feature stories in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and internet publications. She’s sung with Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Dr. John, James Cotton and many others, and has shared a bill with The Rolling Stones. She entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait in 2008, a trip she says, “that opened my eyes to the larger world around me and my place in it.”
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