THE OAKLAND PRESS: JANIVA MAGNESS EXPRESSES HER OWN BLUES BY WRITING

Since starting her music career during the mid-’80s, Janiva Magness has won critical raves as a song interpreter. She also nabbed four Blues Music Awards in 2011 for her album “The Devil is An Angel.” But that’s changed a bit on its successor, “Stronger For It.”
The set features Magness’ first three recorded originals, a move the blues singer says was “terribly frightening and completely exhilarating.” But after “a pretty bumpy year” in 2011, which saw eight deaths close to her — including her brother, her foster mother and her cat — and a divorce, Magness says it felt like the right time to sing her own words.<a title=Read More href=http://theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/04/10/entertainment/doc4f7f03b3b47fa339013411.txt>Read More</a>



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