Janiva Magness, this year’s Bluesmore headliner, sings the blues because she’s lived the blues. Music has saved her life.
After losing both parents to suicide by the time she turned 16, Magness was living on the streets, revolving through foster homes. Pregnant at 17, she gave up her baby for adoption. The Detroit native gravitated to Minneapolis, where still underage, she sneaked into a club to see blues giant Otis Rush.
And she was home.