When asked how she started playing the blues, King City, Ont.-born singer-songwriter Amanda Zelina (alias The Coppertone) is quick to answer. “It wasn’t a choice,” she says. “As soon as my young ears heard John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boom Boom,’ I was hooked.”

A fresh face in the world of modern blues artists, The Coppertone draws inspiration from the classic sounds of down- south American blues, but with her own honest take on it. Her latest album, Hymns for the Hollow, came out in May of 2013. Now based in L.A., she’s currently running an Indiegogo campaign to help fund her next album.