THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: LOW & JANIVA MAGNESS EACH OFFER PROMISING SHOWS IN UTAH SATURDAY

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Nominated for five 2013 Blues Music Awards, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, Janiva Magness believes that suffering and catharsis are integral to the blues. “In my experience, people aren’t drawn to the blues, and rhythm and blues, without having some sort of scars,” the 56-year-old singer said in a recent telephone interview. “The entire community — the audience, the performer, the talent buyer — seems to be made up of people who have been scarred and seek healing.” Magness has suffered in her life. Both parents committed suicide early in her life and she became pregnant while in her teens. Even 2011, a breakthrough year for Magness in terms of commercial and critical success, was difficult —she buried eight important people in her life that year. But performing, she said, is “transformational for me. … Have I had healing? You’re Read More

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