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Janiva Magness

US Los Angeles, CA Blues / Memphis Soul / Americana


Label: Alligator, Alligator Records, Liaison Music, NorthernBlues Music

Bio: “As I move forward,” says award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness, “I’m more willing to put myself on the line. I’m less willing to burden myself with unnecessary problems, less willing to care what people say about me. As it turns out, the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more strength I ... See Full Bio

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"Stunningly sung...Magness is a blues star"
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  • Wed

    Sep 17

    St Louis, MO, US | 7:00pm

    St Louis, MO, US
    Wed Sep 17 7:00pm


    JANIVA MAGNESS with Guest TBA Janiva Magness new album Original stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism of Magness two-and-a-half octave range, buoyed by arrangements that effortlessly blend traditional sounds with edgy experimentation.Magness had much to overcome in making this adventurous album. Since 2010 shes endured the dissolution of a 17-year marriage, the deaths of eight friends and relatives including her foster mother, and an operation for a serious neck injury that could have ended her accolade-filled career. But Original finds the Los Angeles-based artist undefeated turning in her finest recorded vocal performances, co-writing a majority of tracks for the first time and testing herself by taking risks along with her production foil Dave Darling, whose credits include Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Mtley Cres Nikki Sixx and Stray Cats, and whose instincts compelled Magness to tap her deepest creative powers and led the songs to sonically unpredictable places.I always want to push myself, she explains, but this album demanded a high level of vulnerability to tell the absolute truth in every song, holding nothing back. It was frightening, at times, to be so raw in public. Dave drove me and even tricked me when he needed to. This is also an album that couldnt be made with another record company, because we needed to be able to go wherever we wanted musically to tell its stories.Its hard, indeed, to pigeonhole Magness, who kick starts Originals transcendent creative centerpiece When You Were My King with her voice alone albeit bathed in a psychedelic pool of reverb, then accompanied by a jingling moth larva shaker and a snare drum that sounds snatched from a contemporary R&B hit, which in turn relents to the soulful call of Darlings reverb soaked blues guitar. The song goes on to build an organic electric and acoustic framework around Magness warm-blooded, hook-heavy vocal melody, ultimately conjuring the regret and lost magic of a disintegrated relationship with breathless passion.Since the release of her debut album More Than Live in 1992, Magness has relentlessly pursued her craft to become one of the most beloved figures in the blues and roots world, reaching a larger and more diverse audience with each succeeding album and developing a reputation as a live entertainer thats made her a staple of summer festivals.

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    Sep 19

    Ann Arbor, MI, US | 4:00pm
    The Ark
    Ann Arbor, MI, US
    Fri Sep 19 4:00pm


    Janiva Magness "She's earned the right to sing the blues"-Christian Science MonitorNominated for a slew of 2013 Blues Music awards, Janiva (JAN-iv-a) Magness set the blues world on its ear with her last album, "Stronger for It." American Blues Scene caled it"dripping with potency," and you can take it from Bettye LaVette: "Hopefully, this recording 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." That seems to be how things are working out! Janiva has a powerhouse low voice full of smoke and experience and wisdom. She's one of the hottest acts in the blues world right now, and her live shows are electrifying. Janiva comes to Michigan with a new release, "Original."Visit Janiva Magness on the webPhoto by Jeff Dunas

  • Sat

    Sep 27

    Big Bear Lake, CA, US | 2:00pm

    Big Bear Lake, CA, US
    Sat Sep 27 2:00pm
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    Oct 4

    San Diego, CA, US | 12:00pm

    San Diego, CA, US
    Sat Oct 04 12:00pm
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    Oct 5

    San Diego, CA, US | 12:00pm

    San Diego, CA, US
    Sun Oct 05 12:00pm
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  • Patrick Sigel (Artist) Patrick Sigel
    We love your stuff, Janiva--'Original'! : )
  • Marco De Luca (Artist) Marco De Luca
    Hi,great music,if you want,support me on facebook clicking "I like".See you soon. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marco-De-Luca/108812972482919
  • Aoede (Artist) Aoede
    wonderful songs Janiva-great feel, lyrics and vocals-enjoying Let Me Breathe, I Need A Man and Everything Is Alright
  • Poloh CO (Artist) Poloh CO
    keep jammin!
  • TheCOPY21 (Artist) TheCOPY21
  • Guy Berthiaume (Artist) Guy Berthiaume
    The Voice? Right here...
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