“Lady swings the blues”
Shemekia Copeland was born into a musical family. Her father, Johnny Copeland, was a blues guitarist and singer who encouraged her to follow her own musical path. When she was just 8 years old, he brought her to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club. Although she wasn’t ready for it then, later in her teens, when her father started slowing down, she ramped up.
Copeland has rejoined her former label, Alligator Records, and released Outskirts of Love in 2015. […] “This record is my third Grammy nomination,” Copeland says. “I’m really excited about that. The album is doing well and I’m real proud of it.”
Jessica Novak interviewed Shemekia Copeland before here tour brings her to stop at Homer’s Center for the Arts, in Homer, New York, this Saturday, February 6. The interview, “Lady swings the blues,” was published in the Syracuse New Times. Shemekia talks about the lyrics of her albums, her collaboration with her manager John Hahn, her tour in Iraq and Koweit, a life-changing experience…