As a child of seven, Copeland's fascination with music began while watching a pianist on TV. He blocked out everything that was going on except that pianist. He remembers thinking that "if someone could only show me, I could learn to do that." Thus began his education with the piano. This also set in motion his roots in gospel, which he achieved from playing in church for thirteen years. This would eventually tie together with classical training to create his unique style as a jazz innovator. His ultimate influence would become Beethoven, who used the piano as an instrument to imitate the complete orchestra. Although Copeland's formal education became complete with a degree from Florida Atlantic University, he continually strives to learn and acquire musical knowledge.
The keyboard is his kingdom. He can appear as a jazz pianist, but he can send his instrument into the pop, rock or classical ends of the spectrum.
What makes him outstanding is that he is comfortable in all phases. When Copeland plays, watch his fingers! They dance across the keyboard with a fast, strong pace, then they back off in a soft, graceful and almost quite serenade that fills the soul with beautiful music.
A standing ovation was the response to Copeland's TV debut on the "Tonight Show." With appearances following on "Good Morning, America," and his own PBS special. In addition to three appearances on ABC's "B.L. Stryker," was his subsequent induction into The International Who's Who in Music and The Las Vegas Entertainers Hall Of Fame in 2014.