Janiva Magness has released her latest effort April 8, 2016. Entitled “Love Wins Again”. If you haven’t had the pleasure to listen to Magness’ music you are truly missing out. She sings the Blues with a magical soulfulness, rarely seen in modern music. She is also an accomplished song writer and tours endlessly. She will be performing at the Wheeling Heritage Blues Fest this summer August 12, 13 and 14th. So I am looking forward to that, for sure. She is also the National spoke person for Casey Family Programs, promoting National Foster Care Month. Foster Care Alumni of America and Child Welfare League. Her own tragic circumstances inspired her advocacy for foster care. As a teenager she lost both of her parents to suicide. She experienced foster care first hand and now, raising awareness to this important issue has become a large part of her life.
Her vocals and passion are riveting, and she is a major player in today’s blues seen. I have several of her tracks in my library, and I listen to them often and have included several in my podcasts. Her latest recording continues her trend of excellence in the Blues genre. This is her 12th release and her fourth for Fathead Records. Magness returns to the label that started her career, after a seventeen year hiatus. Janiva was born in Detroit, Michigan January 30, 1957.
“The album’s title is a mantra to the concept of love as a physical, psychic and spiritual force that has the strength to conquer darkness, sorrow, and personal demons. I hope it means as much to you as it does to me!” -Janiva Magness
The new recording is a wonderful tribute to old style Blues with a modern flair. I especially like her cover of John Fogerty’s Long As I Can See the Light. A great song made a little greater by a dedicated Blues lady, to American roots music. The title track Love Wins Again is pretty special, and touches a cord with all of us. Listen to some Janiva Magness today… you will be glad you did.