TEANECK, N.J. – Happy birthday to Teaneck’s Shemekia Copeland.
Copeland, who graduated from Teaneck High School, turns 37 today. The electric blues vocalist was born April 10, 1979.
She is the daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland. She began to pursue a singing career when she was 16. When her father's health began to decline, he took Copeland on tour as his opening act, which helped establish her name on the blues circuit.
She released her debut album, “Turn the Heat Up!” in 1998, following it up with a tour of the blues festival circuit in America and Europe. Her second album, "Wicked," was released in 2000. It earned her three Blues Music Awards.
She won the "Rising Star – Blues Artist" category in Down Beat magazine's critics poll announced in the December 2009 issue, and in 2013, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist' category.