NEW HAVEN REGISTER: JANIVA MAGNESS’ PEERS CALL THIS BLUES ARTIST ‘THE REAL DEAL’

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You know Janiva Magness is a wickedly soulful blues singer when you see the glowing blurbs on her website and in her publicity materials from luminaries such as Bettye LaVette, Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton and Charlie Musselwhite. But you don’t need to hear it from them. You know it when you listen to Magness, certainly […]

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS REVIEW

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In the disc’s liner notes, Magness wrote, “This CD is dedicated to some of my deepest losses and uglier crossroads teaching me lessons I never wanted to learn. Which, as it turns out begat some of the greatest gifts of my life. Yeah, go figure.” Magness wasn’t blowing smoke. She grew up rough, learned too […]

BLUES JUNCTION PRODUCTIONS- MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

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This past week, the number one album on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart was Stronger For It, the March, 2012, Alligator release by Janiva Magness. When you look back over her life you can see a long history of triumph and tragedy as well as success and struggle. She also has a dogged determination […]

MY MORNING DOWNLOAD: “WHISTLIN’ IN THE DARK” BY JANIVA MAGNESS

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Janiva Magness recently released her new album, Stronger For It on Alligator Records. The R&B and blues singer will be playing at Sellersville Theatre on Sunday, April 8th. Go here for tickets and more information. Download the song “Whistlin’ In The Dark” from Janiva’s new album for free here.Read More

LAUREN DALEY: SINGER JANIVA MAGNESS DRAWS FROM PAINFUL EXPERIENCES

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“I didn’t choose the blues; the blues chose me,” blues singer Janiva Magness told me. Truer words, perhaps, have never been spoken. When Magness was 13, her mother committed suicide. When she was 16, her father followed suit. So Magness ran away from home. She was homeless on the streets of Berkley, Calif., for six […]

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE- JANIVA BRINGS POWERFUL SOUL IN LATEST, “STRONGER FOR IT”

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It’s no secret by now that Janiva Magness is one of the top soul-blues singers in the land — her live shows are incredible exercises in musical passion personified; her CDs elegant testimony to vocal strengths that cut across genres and through hearts. From the funky, soulful, Stax-like opening bars of her original “There It Is” on […]

JANIVA MAGNESS AT MCCABE’S GUITAR SHOP MARCH 17th 2012

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This was my fifth time to see Janiva Magness at McCabe’s in less than four years, a clear sign that I’m a fan. I can’t say that she is a “typical McCabe’s act”, she is definitely not, but that only adds to her attraction – the power of Janiva’s voice and strength of her electric […]

Devil Is An Angel Too- Janiva Magness

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ONE RPM- 5Q WITH JANIVA

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…chow down on some nice chit-chat with one of few bad-ass vocalists – with grandchildren – in the music industry today — Janiva. Read More

JANIVA MAGNESS BRINGS DISTINCTIVE NEW ALBUM TO ZOO BAR WEDNESDAY

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On Tuesday, Janiva Magness released “Stronger for It,” her third album for  Alligator Records and the first for which she’s written songs. Magness’ three tunes are frontloaded on the CD, kicking things up with the  opening wail and punch of “There It Is” (with the hook line “I’ve never thought  I’d want to hurt a […]

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