Back at the Edmonton Blues Festival 20 years later
When singer Shemekia Copeland first played the Edmonton Blues Festival in 2000 she was only 22 and still something of a diamond in the rough. Despite her stage debut at age eight on the stage of Harlem’s Cotton Club and opening for her father — the late Texas blues great Johnny Copeland — from age 15, she had yet to take voice lessons or work on much original material.
Now, with eight albums, a shelf full of awards and more than 20 years of touring behind her, the New York-born powerhouse is the leading lady of contemporary blues, known for simmering soul ballads, touches of Americana, and rocking out. In 2016 she was named Female Blues Artist of the Year by the Blues Music Awards and in both the critics and readers polls of Living Blues magazine.
In “Seasoned Shemekia Copeland returns to Edmonton Blues Festival,” published by the Edmonton Journal, Roger Levesque presents Shemekia’s upcoming show, this Friday, August 19, at the Edmonton Blues Festival in Edmonton, Canada. The journalist interviewed Shemekia, asking her questions about “how making music changed in the 20 years” since Shemekia started performing regularly, about “different regional styles of blues or other musical genres,” about humor and darker songs.
Read the full interview in the Edmonton Journal.