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Magness possesses a mighty voice with a particularly sultry buzz . . . she cuts loose with memorable effect on lowdown blues, rugged funk, and green-eyed soul.
Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master at the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by a funk or soul sound, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty.
Since the early ’90s, Grammy-nominated blues and soul singer Janiva Magness has built an impressive career in American roots music. She has traveled millions of miles, sung on thousands of club and festival stages, and made a string of recordings that have earned accolades and awards. She is only the second woman, following blues giant Koko Taylor, to receive the Blues Foundation’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award. With her newest album, Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty, Magness is at the nexus of reinvention and tradition.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.