At 16, Janiva Magness was pregnant, homeless and looking for a place to sleep when she entered a youth center. She had been to 12 foster homes in two years. The volunteer on duty phoned a struggling single mother who said Magness could sleep at her house.
There, the two connected on such a deep level that Magness stayed for the duration of her formative years.
The internationally renowned blues singer now uses her platform to influence people in situations similar to hers because somebody stood up for me when I couldnt stand up for myself, and it changed everything, Magness said. It in fact changed my entire life.