As a charismatic performer known for electrifying live shows, Janiva Magness is a gutsy and dynamic musical powerhouse. The Detroit native turned to blues singing after seeing an Otis Rush performance as an eighteen year old; only two years after her parents’ suicides left her orphaned.
Over the past thirty years of performing since, Magness has proved to be a remarkable talent. With a voice flexible enough to switch between throaty, smooth, gritty, rich, gentle, and explosive, she is a gifted singer capable of immense vocal control. Magness’ talent has taken her on worldwide tours and earned her much critical praise, proving she is one of the brightest stars on the blues scene.
In 2009, she won the B.B. King Entertainer Of the Year award, joining Koko Taylor as the only other woman to ever win the prestigious honor. Magness also won the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013, and also won the 2013 Song of the Year award.
Magness’s most recent album, Stronger For It, was released in March 2012 and is a first for Magness as she wrote her own material. The album has been received very well by critics with Blurt-Online hailing it as “…one of the most powerful blues albums of recent memory. It is the album of 2012.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Sweet Soul Music is alive and kickin’!” -Mavis Staples
Magness sings superb, potent soul-blues with a scorching intensity.” -Philadelphia Inquirer