“A ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman…devastatingly powerful.” – Chicago Sun Times
Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Grammy nominated artist has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others.
The Chicago Tribune said Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music says she is “fiercely expressive.” Chicago Sun Times calls her “A ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman…devastatingly powerful.”