DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE: BLUESFEST REVIEW: SHOWING SPUNK, SOUL AND SASS, JANIVA MAGNESS IS TRULY BLUES ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

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Sassy. That’s it in a word.

Sometimes it helps to hear and also see a performer to bring them into sharper focus than just the aural experience alone allows. Hearing and seeing Janiva Magness’ set Saturday afternoon on the second day of this year’s Bayfront Blues Festival made this plain: In the dictionary, next to the word “sassy” there should be a picture of Janiva Magness.

Some singers have unbelievable voices with great range, spot-on intonation, perfect enunciation and good tone but are missing that soulful ingredient that completely changes what they sing (regardless of lyric content) from pop to soul music.

Janiva Magness has that intangible ingredient in spades. It’s almost like when she was born, God must’ve touched her vocal cords and said to himself, “This girl gonna’ sang!” Read More

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