When your dad is the late Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, there's no point in running from your destiny with music. So Shemekia Copeland embraced it, and even at 33, she's earned her 'Queen of the Blues' stripes. Now she's back with a mix of covers and originals on the new album '33 1/3,' and she stopped by FUV to belt out a few of the songs live in a Studio A session with host Darren DeVivo.
Ever since the new "Queen of Blues" made her debut at age 19, she's been working to re-create the blues for a new generation. On Copeland's latest release, Never Going Back, she incorporates pop and jazz into her soulful singing, which conveys a message of inspiration and empowerment for the modern woman.
Copeland knows the blues, but maintains that singing it doesn't have to be sad. Some of the songs on her new album, Never Going Back, touch on hardship and loss. But she focuses on empowerment instead of wallowing in defeat.
Blueswoman Shemekia Copeland's voice rings rich with attitude and soul. The singer talks with Debbie Elliott about her new album, The Soul Truth, and why her lyrics tell stories of strong women standing up for themselves.