Soul-Stirring Blues Vocals
2017 Grammy nominee, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, seven-time Blues Music Award winner, 26-time nominee, and 2015 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Janiva Magness recently released her 14th album, Love Is an Army— blending the echoes of classic soul and Americana music with timeless themes of love and the very contemporary sound of protest.
Since the early ’90s, Magness has built an impressive career in American roots music, brick by hard-earned brick. She has traveled millions of miles, sung on thousands of club and festival stages, and made a string of recordings—including five albums and the 2017 EP of standards, Blue Again, with Darling—that have earned accolades and awards.
Beginning with 2014’s Original, she has also emerged as a talented songwriter. That album entered the Billboard blues chart — where her titles routinely appear—at number five and topped the blues radio charts, as did Love Wins Again, which remained in the top 10 for seven months and crossed over to the Americana charts.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Hopefully, this recording [Original] will bring the rest of the world to Janiva, and then they’ll know, like I know, that she’s one of the “real deals” out there.” — Bettye LaVette
“Sweet Soul Music is alive and kickin’!” — Mavis Staples
“One of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul…Thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money.” — MOJO
“Magness is a bold and potent artist with a powerful, soulful voice…impossible to forget.” – Blues Revue
“Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty,” – Chicago Sun-Times
“a blues interpreter of the highest rank…punchy and tough…swaggering, incendiary vocal performances.” – Blues Revue
“hard-hitting blues and soul.” – Wall Street Journal
“Accolades come easy when you’re this good. Magness is blessed with smoky, seductive pipes that bend the blues into pure enchantment. Her steely conviction is authentic, soulful and playful. The emotion rings true.” – Living Blues