LEO WEEKLY: JANIVA MAGNESS: HOW STRONG CAN SHE GET?

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Janiva Magness is just another word(s) for nothing left to lose. The Detroit native lost both parents to suicide as a teen, lived on the streets and in foster care for a while, and gave up her own child for adoption — all before she was an adult. Last year, her marriage of 17 years ended, and she lost several people close to her around the same time. Good thing she already had the blues, and gets paid for having them.

Stronger for It is her latest album, the 10th in a career that has spanned almost three decades. Magness co-wrote three songs for the new collection, pairing them with well-curated covers of songs by Grace Potter, Shelby Lynne, Buddy and Julie Miller, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Matthew Sweet, Ike Turner, and — most boldly — Tom Waits, a vocalist most wouldn’t try to tackle.

Though she’s overcome many hardships in life, there was still one more hurdle left for this vocalist and acclaimed interpreter. “I’ve been very frightened by the idea of songwriting,” she says. “It’s one of the standout things, to me, about the new record, is that there’s some original material on it.”<a title=”Read More” href=http://leoweekly.com/music/janiva-magness-how-strong-can-she-get>Read More</a>

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