Chicago Tribune: Shemekia “revs up for new sounds”
Nearly 15 months ago, life changed in a big way for the mighty Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland.
The birth of Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz — her son with Brian Schultz, Copeland’s partner — understandably changed her perspective on life and, of course, the tone of her art.
That will be apparent in Copeland’s next album, she says of a recording that she completed in February and will release in August.
“It’s a very different record,” says Copeland, who performs Saturday evening at SPACE in Evanston.
What’s so different about it?
“What always has made my records different — what’s going on in my life,” explains Copeland. “Everything gets represented.”
“Having this baby definitely changed things for me, and what kind of world I brought him into, and the things he’s going to have to face. I touch a little bit on divorce, and what it feels like to go through something like that.”
“It’s basically what’s happening with me, and what’s happening in the world.” […]