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March 4, 2008

Blues Great Janiva Magness at Festival Place

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues concerts, Caada


Janiva Magness
Saturday, March 8
Festival Place, Edmonton

Award Winning Singer Known for her Saucy, Bold Approach

Los Angeles based blues singer Janiva Magness will travel to Edmonton to perform at Festival Place on Saturday, March 8.

One of the top blues and roots artists on today’s scene, Magness is currently nominated for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award for the ’08 Blues Music Awards, the seventh woman nominated in the category over the annual award ceremony’s 29 years. Previous awards include two Blues Music Awards for Contemporary Female Artist of the Year.

In March 2006 Janiva released her sophomore album for NorthernBlues Music entitled Do I Move You?, her seventh recording in a long list of critically acclaimed albums.

In her third decade of performing, Magness has shared the stage with a host of greats including Brian Setzer, Jimmy Buffett, the late R.L. Burnside, both former Fabulous Thunderbird guitarists Kid Ramos and Kirk ”Eli” Fletcher, and many others. Janiva has also starred in the lead role of the west coast edition of the Tony-nominated broadway hit It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.

Although her vocals are at times beautiful, this 49 year-old grandmother is best known for her sauciness and the bold, brazen beauty of her recordings and performances. In the liner notes of the new record Janiva pays homage to controversial and rule breaking women before her like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith for fearlessly embracing their age, their sexuality, and truth.

for more info visit www.janivamagness.com

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