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 It, her 2012 album for the Alligator label. It deserves to be called a career record because it draws on all the hope and strife and power of her voice and her killer instinct for interpretation, whether she’s transforming unlikely sources like Buddy Miller, Matthew Sweet or Shelby Lynne, or co-writing with her producer David Darling. The album is filed under blues but it’s white hot soul music, born out of a brutally hard year of loss and a will to keep making music that “makes a connection,” as she puts it.Read More

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