Blues chanteuse Shemekia Copeland may have never actually lived in Houston, but as the daughter of legendary Bayou City bluesman Johnny "Clyde" Copeland (1937-1997), she heard a lot about it growing up.
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"My daddy was from Houston, and Texans love being from Texas!" she laughs. "So it's a wonderful thing. He just loved being a Texan. And I am happy to represent him in that way."
And though she's only 34, Copeland has had plenty of experience stretching back to when her father would bring the teen out onstage as a little girl. Her debut record, Turn the Heat Up, appeared when she was only 19.