ALLMUSIC.COM: STRONGER FOR IT REVIEW

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Janiva Magness hasn’t recorded any of her own compositions since she cut “Good Car” on It Takes One to Know One, her 1997 debut. Here she makes up for lost time with three compelling co-writes with producer David Darling. The tunes are some of the most potent on an album with no shortage of powerful […]

THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE: JANIVA MAGNESS CELEBRATES NEW RELEASE AT THE PALMS

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Award-winning blues and soul vocalist Janiva Magness will celebrate the release of her new Alligator Records CD, “Stronger for it,” with a live performance at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., in Winters on Friday, Aug. 31, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. A charismatic artist known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is among […]

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 […]

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 […]

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