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Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today, possessing an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, she is a gutsy and dynamic powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor was the first). She also won Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she received in 2006 and 2007. She has received a total of seventeen Blues Music Award nominations, including one for 2012’s Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Magness sings superbly, with a scorching intensity.”
On her powerful new album, "Stronger For It," Magness, through her passionate vocals and, for the first time, her own original songs, delivers the most moving and intimate album of her career. Produced by Dave Darling, "Stronger For It" is Janiva’s declaration of independence. On these performances, she lays her soul bare, singing of loss and recovery, pain and redemption, hurt and healing, looking back and moving forward. But rather than succumb to hard times, with Stronger For It, Magness has created an album loaded with creativity and imagination, turning her own personal pain into timeless, exhilarating soul-healing music.
"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." - Bettye LaVett
“One of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul… Thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money.” - MOJO