Each time you hear a blues singer lament about their sorry situation and sad status in life you are listening to their own life’s history.
And each time you hear an R & B artist sing about hopelessness and tragedy it’s like hearing the biography of Janiva Magness.
Janiva’s life reads like a Greek tragedy complete with the main character overcoming misfortune and disaster; and through heroic circumstances becoming even greater and more complete than before.
Her life story may be of mythic proportions and sound like a Shakespearean play, the catastrophes and her determination are very real.
Born in Detroit, Magness suffered the terrible tragedy of losing both of her parents to suicide before she reached her mid teens. Forced onto the streets and then placed in a<a title=Read More href=http://thebluesblast.com/Archive/BluesBlasts/2013/BluesBlast2_21_13.htm>Read More</a>