Click to read the article from July/Aug 2012 Blues Revue Magazine.
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 […]
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 […]
Janiva Magness just keeps getting better. And that is great news for blues fans. Stronger For It is the 10th album of her 35 year career and third on Alligator. It builds on the strength of The Devil Is An Angel Too from 2010. Magness has always been known as an intense and passionate vocalist […]
If you’re fundamentally or primarily a fan of country music, or Americana, or bluegrass, as many reading these words will be, you might well not be familiar with the name “Janiva Magness.” (For one thing, her first name’s pronounced JAN-i-vah, more like “Canada” than “Geneva.”) This, separate genre worlds being what they are, despite the […]
Janiva Magness, Stronger For It (Alligator): Okay, stop listening to your hipster shite and your friend’s band that formed three weeks ago and get thee a copy of this complete stunner. Growing up rough and parentless in Detroit foster homes, Magness seems to be working out some serious pain with these songs that growl “I’m […]
“Stunningly sung…Magness is a blues star” – USA Today Multiple award-winning vocalist JANIVA MAGNESS is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today – and she kicks off her summer tour here at the Uncle. Originally from Detroit and now based in L.A., hers is a voice that’s simply made for the […]
Known for exploring the complexity of human hurt in ways that are both personal and universal, Janiva Magness is a widely praised blues and soul singer. Magness writes from a serious place, and fittingly, her music isn’t to be taken lightly: She often weaves a difficult personal history into her songs, but, as her new […]