WE ARE KNOWN BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP
ABOUT JANIVA MAGNESS
Born in Detroit, Janiva was inspired by the blues and country music that she heard on her father’s records. By her teenage years, though, her life was in chaos. She had been molested, lost both parents to suicide, and was living on the streets, pregnant with a child she would later give up for adoption. Carrie, a single mother of five, finally embraced her.
“I’ve been told that anyone who believes in miracles is not a realist,” says Ms. Magness. “Well, you are looking at and listening to one, in part because someone was brave enough to stand up for me when I was much younger, and a foster child at risk.”
In 2009, the Blues Foundation named Janiva the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. She was awarded Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (2006, 2007, 2009, 2013) and won Song of the Year (2013) at the Blues Music Awards for I Won’t Cry, from her 2012 release, Stronger for It. Janiva’s newest album, Original, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Blues chart the week of June 21.
Like her music, Janiva is one of a kind. To learn more about her, visit www.janivamagness.com.
Song for CWLA
Janiva and her Grammy-nominated producer, Dave Darling, wrote and released a song for CWLA in June 2014. To preview and/or download “All I Want”, please click here. The cost: just $1. All proceeds support CWLA’s mission and vision.
For more information on future benefits and/or how we can partner, email Karen Dunn.