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Janiva Magness

Blues and soul singer Janiva Magness was no stranger to trouble and hard times growing up, and at her best, she pours that lifetime of emotion into her passionate phrasing and vocal delivery. Born in Detroit, Magness grew up with her father's blues and country record collection, as well as the city's wonderfully Motown pop-soul sound, all of which shaped her style and approach as a musician. She lost both of her parents to suicide while in her early teens, and she ended up living on the streets, channeled through endless foster homes, before becoming pregnant at the age of 17 and being forced to give up the child for adoption. Her personal and creative redemption came at an Otis Rush show in Minneapolis. Discouraged, stressed, and definitely underage, Magness snuck into the club and was transformed by Rush's performance. That was the moment, Magness maintains, that her vision of herself as a singer and musician began to take shape. She started out as a background singer, finally ending up in Phoenix in the early '80s, where she formed the Mojomatics, a popular local band. Magness next relocated to Los Angeles in 1986. A debut cassette, More Than Live, appeared in the mid-'90s, with her first CD, It Takes One to Know One, appearing in 1996, followed by three more independent releases. Magness signed with NorthernBlues Music and Bury Him at the Crossroads was issued by the label in 2004, with Do I Move You? following two years later in 2006. Magness began to draw a lot of critical and fan attention, particularly in the blues community, and her career was in full swing, garnering an armful of blues awards. She signed with Alligator Records in 2008, which issued What Love Will Do that same year, following it with The Devil Is an Angel Too in 2010 and Stronger for It in 2012. Original, which featured a dozen original Magness songs, appeared from her own Fat Head Records imprint in 2014. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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griffisb6
This is the first time I've heard her.....I'm hooked! She sounds AWESOME!
ema638
WOWEE loving Janiva Magnificent
Never heard of her. Damn - my loss! The real deal. Pandora does it again! (Now if they can just stop those annoying political ads...)
What a talent !!!
Awesome!!!!! ! More More More!!!!
She might have the most sincere delivery of any singer anywhere, blues or otherwise. As a Detroiter myself, I am hugely proud of her. What a magnificent talent.
such a great blues woman!
virgo13smili n
Me and my husband seen her perform for the first time at the blues festival in greensboro, NC on May 18th 2013. We have both became big fans and bought some of her cds. Wonderful blues singer.
lizs35
Wow!
Saw her at Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN a few years ago and became a lifetime fan! She definitely brings it!
mrschaffins
same here pandora has really made a change in my life introducing me to soooooo many blues and roots performers love it
Thank you Pandora, never heard Janiva until she kept popping up on my Mojo Mamas station. Now I have all her albums and going to see her live on the 8th of July! Can't wait!
She is an awesome singer, one of my favorites
drglo53
This woman can wail for me anytime...sh e is right there with Raitt, Tedeschi, et al...she can bring it...
Does she remind anyone else of Janis Joplin?
HOT HOT
WOW! GO GIRL!
She's got soul!!! Love her!!
She's great, you can hear the blues in her voice
great voice some of her songs were written just for me in my great state of mind. love it. glad i found her. i will go see her live if ever i get the opportunity
Fabulous voice! Keep singing, sister!
wendydefelic e
she is hot but not a Tedeschi
She is amazing! She has struggled and you can feel her experiences through her voice in such a profound way.
I've seen janiva live 3 times! She gets it done! love her!
cbmsystems
Just watched her belt out the blues on the Pacific Blues Cruise last week. She is the ULTIMATE class act. Got to talk with her over coffee early one morning. A real giving lovely person. From a new adoring fan forever!!
Janiva, when are you coming Memphis? Nashville? Huntville, AL? Love your Blues!!
the blues is easy to get in the mood. JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES.
just enjoy it. Thanks for sharing
tngarden
Just saw her live and she is SUPER. Great performer, very talented, tight band. I could listen to her ALL day also !! Excellence !!
I'm not a fan of white folks trying the blues but Magness is good. Very tough stuff.
fullofgrace7
Moved to tears ~~~~~
bill2743
I COULD LISTEN TO HER ALL DAY.
kathysidaway
I can feel the music in my soul when she sings it!
Her family and friends should be put out for public ridicule. This woman has the talent, the voice and most importantly the blues
seedivorcesi m p l i f i e d
She is extremely talanted and such an inspiration to all who have ever had a dream!
what a talent!
Awesome.
I heard just one song and was in love with Janiva Magness voice. Sing on.
Heard her for the first time last night at BB King's in NY - on the bill with Watermelon Slim and Joe Louis Walker- she blew me away
WOW! What a voice. Love her!
Janiva Magness f'n rules. Dayum.
dhoober4
At her show in Phoenix last fall the rapport with the audience was palpable, and it lasted all night.



She is one of my favorite blues ladies (along with Susan Tedeschi). I saw her at the Blues on Grand in Des Moines and would love to see her come again to the Omaha area (missed her the last time). She puts on a great show!
I thought this was Joan Osborne at first. Great voice from what I've heard so far. Hope there's a few songs in the rotation on here.
mfitz709
One of the best I've heard. Keep it going..
what a nice, honest voice......
Very similar to Susan Tedeski(chec k her out). Great sound.
This lady was born to sing the blues! Wonderful talent!
Nice to hear some real soul.
Im glad she came back!1 WE need more singers with talent like this !!!She got soul!What if Bonnie Raitt,Susan Tedeschi and her did a album??
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