New Dimension to Blues

There is a common perception among people that blues is downbeat music and it is struck in a traditional form. But the new album of Janiva Magness defies both the opinions. "Stronger For It" hit Alligator records on March 15 and it dismantles any idea that this form of music is struck in the past. In her album, Magness has redefined blues as "rock n soul" and the album is one of the most fervent albums of the year.

Magness, will also be touring New England this month and will be hosting shows at Regatta Bar in Harvard Square (April 4) and at The Narrows Center (April 5). Magness had a very tough life as both her parents committed suicide when she was very young. She became mother at the age of 17 and had to even give up her daughter for adoption. Music soothed her and in 1985 she was fronting her own band.

After that she moved to Los Angeles and started recording her own albums. She signed to national blues label Alligator in 2008 and in 2009 she won Blues Music Award for BB King Entertainer of the year. Not only this, she has also been named the Blues Music Award Female Artist for 2006, 07 and 09.

Magness said that some of the songs from the album are just like hidden treasures for her and that she is grateful to everyone who has given her inputs. She also added that she is always in search for songs which move her and this is a very crucial factor for her. She said that music was the only thing which was left for her after she lost several people close to her heart.

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