Janiva Magness

One of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music world...

Meet 2017 Grammy nominee, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, 7 x Blues Music Award winner, 25 x nominee, and 2015 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Janiva Magness.
A soulful, elegant, award-winning singer-songwriter, her recent album release 'Love Wins Again' came in as a 2017 Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The album debuted on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, on Billboard’s Blues Chart, reached #1 on the Blues radio chart, spending more than four months in the Top 10, and two months on the Americana radio chart. Its 11 core songs are built on a sonically sophisticated architecture that’s in full service of Magness’ remarkably flexible and generous voice—which can flow smoothly as champagne or churn up gravel on command. The album’s title is a mantra that resonates throughout: the concept of love as a physical, psychic and spiritual force that has the strength to conquer negativity, sadness and personal demons.

Magness explores her own turbulent youth, her rise to stardom and more in her just-finished, yet-untitled memoir—a book that took three years to write and has already inspired an in-the- works musical. Having lost both parents to suicide as a young girl, traversed through 12 foster homes and having given up a child for adoption at age 17, these things left Magness in the deepest despair. But ultimately, inspired by the encouragement of her final foster mother and a galvanizing performance by the legendary bluesman Otis Rush, she found stability and salvation in music.

Janiva Magness is one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music world. She’s reached a larger and more diverse audience with each succeeding album and developed a reputation as a live entertainer that’s made her a staple of the international festival circuit.