Janiva Magness

Photo by Margaret Malandruccolo Janiva Mangess


Past Event

Location Info:

Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90015
Singing the blues isn’t really about a look or a sound. It’s about having soul and empathy and the ability to express and invoke deep emotions. Janiva Magness understands this better than most modern blues singers. The Detroit native lived in numerous foster homes after each of her parents killed themselves. She has never forgotten what it’s like to be left alone and forgotten, and she has spent much of her adult life publicly championing foster-care organizations. That sense of community infuses Magness’ latest album, Love Is an Army, in which she’s accompanied by a small platoon of simpatico musical allies including Cedric Burnside, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite, Courtney Hartman, Rusty Young and Bryan Stephens. Magness’ uplifting spirit should imbue this intimate if antiseptic venue with a feeling of genuine warmth.
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