DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE: MAGNESS CERTAINLY IS ‘STRONGER’

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Janiva Magness truly has a right to sing the blues. Her real life reads like a horror story that you wouldn’t wish on anyone. Born in Detroit, Magness lost both parents to suicide when she was in her mid-teens. She bounced from foster home to foster home and was living on the streets of Berkeley, […]

PANTAGRAPH.COM: STRONGER FOR IT: BLUES SINGER JANIVA MAGNESS RETURNS TO B-N ON A ROLL

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Little could we have suspected it when last we encountered her, which was at the 2011 Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues Festival here in Bloomington. But Janiva Magness was smack in the middle of one of the most remarkable years of her frankly remarkable life. As in: remarkably good and remarkably awful.Read More

IOWA PUBLIC RADIO JANIVA MAGNESS IN STUDIO

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Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues. Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, “Stronger For It”. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Magness about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care. Click to […]

KDHX: JANIVA MAGNESS AUGUST 3 (WITH PHOTOS)

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Janiva Magness knows the blues. Playing to a large crowd last night at the Old Rock House, Magness lived up to her 2009 “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year” award, and proved that no matter what venue she plays, she does not disappoint. Magness brought with her a fantastic backing band comprised of Zach Zunis, […]

QUAD CITY TIMES: MAGNESS CREATES CONNECTIONS THROUGH MUSIC

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A painful past might hinder some people, but Janiva Magness, a contemporary blues and soul vocalist, has celebrated overcoming difficulties throughout her award-winning career. And on her new record, “Stronger For It,” she expresses that through writing as well. She co-wrote three autobiographical songs for the new release, the 10th album under her name.Read More

HOOPLA: BLUESMORE HEADLINER JANIVA MAGNESS FINDS LIFELINE SINGING THE BLUES

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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 […]

RIVERFRONT TIMES: JANIVA MAGNESS GOT THROUGH THE DEATH AND LOSS OF 2011WITH THIS YEAR’S STRONGER FOR IT

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When you hear Janiva Magness sing, you’re hearing a life: a tough one, a lucky one, a damn hard-fought one. The Detroit-born, Southern California-based blueswoman has a near 30-year career in music behind her, and who knows, maybe 30 more years ahead of her. Whatever happens, she’s unlikely to make another record like Stronger For […]

BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2012

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Click to read the article from July/Aug 2012 Blues Revue Magazine.

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 […]

THE BEACH REPORTER: LIVING BLUES

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Janiva Magness has given her heart and soul to the blues during her nearly 30-year career, but the award-winning singer has reached a whole new level of intimacy in her recently released 10th studio album, “Stronger for It.” Magness is familiar with the Beach Cities, performing numerous times at Café Boogaloo, but on Sunday, June […]

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