“She had more than
romance in mind”

Copeland frequently puts her music in support of the less fortunate. In May, she will perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to raise funds for Thistle Farms, a group that aids women with a history of addiction and prostitution.

“I can’t think of a worthier, more important event, I could be part of,” Copeland said of the concert.

Such expressions of concern show empathy on Copeland’s part. At least when it comes to music, she is anything but an outsider.

Bill Nutt talks about Shemekia Copeland and her most recent album “Outskirts of Love,” for which “she had more than romance in mind,” before Shemekia’s performance at the Newton Theatre in Newton, New Jersey, on April 7.

“This album was about people on the outside,” said Copeland. “People on the outskirts of love, on the outskirts of politics.”

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