Roxi Copland’s innovative sound is forged at the crossroads of Americana, blues, and jazz. Her music is best summed up in the words of one particularly eloquent reviewer as “an unlikely mélange of vulnerability, self-reflection, street savvy, humor and sultriness… akin to where Norah Jones might have landed had her affinity for country music manifested differently.” You can listen to Copland’s latest record Bad Decision here. For bookings or publicity information, please use the contact form.

Biography

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Copland began studying music at an early age – she started classical piano lessons at age 4. Her formative musical years were spent learning and performing in the small timber town of Aberdeen, Washington. Following high school Copland studied music at Grinnell College in Iowa and built a following touring the Midwest for several years – she was twice voted Des Moines’ Best Local Musician, in 2009 and 2011. In July of 2012, Copland relocated to Milwaukee where she was quickly noticed and nominated for a number of awards, including Solo Artist of the Year (2017 – Radio Milwaukee Music Awards), Jazz Artist of the Year (2016 – Wisconsin Area Music Industry), Best Female Vocalist (2015 – Milwaukee Shepherd Express), Jazz Artist of the Year (2014 – WAMI), Singer/Songwriter of the Year (2014 – WAMI), and Best New Artist (2013 – WAMI). Her latest release Bad Decision has also garnered its own share of accolades, with nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Independent Release of the Year (2017 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards). In the summer of 2018, Copland moved to Austin, Texas.

Recent festival appearances include Summerfest and Bastille Days in Milwaukee, as well as the Des Moines Arts Festival. In addition to her own tours, Copland has opened for a number of prominent national and international acts, including Esperanza Spalding, Lindsey Stirling, Vanessa Carlton, Jason Lindner, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, the Mingus Dynasty Band, and the Manhattan Transfer. Her videos have over 185,000 views on YouTube, and her latest record Bad Decision is receiving high praise. Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine raves “Copland’s smoky voice floats over the album’s 11 tracks, displaying a strong handle of every note. Sometimes they’re torchy, like ‘Poison Ivy,’ sometimes playful, like ‘If Heaven Don’t Play No Music’ and ‘What Were You Thinkin’,’ and sometimes they’re dark like ‘Thirteen Corners.’ It’s an impressive assortment of songs that play to Copland’s vocal and instrumental strengths.”

Copland has released two EPs, two singles, a collaborative live album, a solo acoustic LP and two full-band LPs to date: Streetwise (EP-2008), Black Out the Blue (EP-2010), Youthful Indiscretion (Single-2010), Max & Roxi: Live at the Temple Theater (Live Album-2011), Pretty Lies (Solo Acoustic LP-2012), Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Digital Single-2012), Truth Be Told (LP-2014) and Bad Decision (2017). With the exception of limited-edition albums ‘Youthful Indiscretion’ and ‘Max & Roxi: Live at the Temple Theater’, all are available for purchase here at her website, as well as at Itunes, Amazon, CDBaby & a number of other major online distributors.

 

Reviews & Awards

Nominee for ‘Album of the Year’ (Bad Decision)

Radio Milwaukee Music Awards 2017

Nominee for ‘Song of the Year’ (Bad Decision)

Radio Milwaukee Music Awards 2017

Nominee for ‘Solo Artist of the Year’

Radio Milwaukee Music Awards 2017

Nominee for ‘Independent Release of the Year’ (Bad Decision)

Radio Milwaukee Music Awards 2017

“Roxi Copland delivers an unlikely mélange of vulnerability, self-reflection, street savvy, humor and sultriness…Copland’s airy arrangements and slowly insinuating melodic hooks, abetted by occasional glimmers of steel guitar, posits her in a space akin to where Norah Jones might have landed had her affinity for country music manifested differently…”

Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express, July 2017

“…a little sultry, a bit sassy, kinda sexy. Sort of like sipping scotch on the rocks…”

Bruce Winter, WUWM Radio, June 2017

“Bravo Roxi…I think it’s a good decision to buy Bad Decision!”

Vic DeLorenzo (Drummer for the Violent Femmes) June 2017

“Copland’s smoky voice floats over the album’s 11 tracks, displaying a strong handle of every note. Sometimes they’re torchy, like “Poison Ivy,” sometimes playful, like “If Heaven Don’t Play No Music” and “What Were You Thinkin’,” and sometimes they’re dark like “Thirteen Corners.” It’s an impressive assortment of songs that play to Copland’s vocal and instrumental strengths.”

Des Moines’ Cityview, June 2017

Jazz Artist of the Year

Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) April 2016

Nominee for “Best Female Vocalist”

Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express Best of 2015

“The tunes are smooth, refreshing, belying an unuttered and approachable complexity…Critics struggle to put Copland’s music into one musical genre, and Truth makes that effort even more pleasantly confounding. Much of Copland’s success is due to her ability to blur genre boundaries and embrace myriad styles of music on a single recording. With this full-length album, Copland ups the ante.”

Band Bombshell, May 2014

“The undeniable fact is that Roxi Copland can sing. With the kind of ability that puts italics in your voice when you talk about it. Sing.”

Des Moines’ Cityview, April 2014

Nominee for “Singer/Songwriter of the Year”

Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) March 2014

Nominee for “Jazz Artist of the Year”

Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) March 2014

“…a jazz/pop phenom…”

Examiner.com June 2013

“…golden-voiced singer/songwriter…”

Des Moines’ Cityview, June 2013

Nominee for “Best New Artist”

Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) April 2013

“Roxi Copland has got a gorgeous set of pipes – her voice is big, sultry and rich…if you’re going to pump out an album that’s just you and a baby grand, you’re counting on your voice to do all the heavy lifting. And Copland’s is clearly up to the task…There’s no doubt Copland lends herself easily to intimacy…Her voice is full and lush, and her piano work is top-notch…A solo show with Copland is like a conversation with a close friend.”

Des Moines’ Cityview, May 2012

“…a talented songwriter…incredible voice…If you haven’t heard Roxi Copland sing, you have missed out on one of life’s sultry, sinful little pleasures.”

Examiner.com April 2012

“Jazz/pop musician Roxi Copland is a petite powerhouse. Even when hidden behind a Baby Grand, her presence is huge thanks to a voluptuous voice and fierce piano skills.”

Seattle’s Crosscut.com October 2011

“…her voice is multidimensional, capable of resonating the essence of lost love…”

Kansas State Collegian, July 2010

“There is a fire inside Roxi Copland. You can see it in her hectic performance schedule and hear it in her dark, sultry voice…”

Des Moines Register, December 2008