Janiva Magness On Mountain Stage The decorated blues singer and Detroit native performs live from a West Virginia stage.

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Janiva Magness On Mountain Stage

Janiva Magness On Mountain Stage

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Janiva Magness appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. One of blues music's most decorated vocalists, Magness drew her earliest musical inspirations from the sounds of her native Detroit and her father's record collection. After losing both her parents, Magness spent her teen years in foster homes, and eventually found her way to an Otis Rush concert in Minneapolis. Her job as a recording engineer in St. Paul led to session work as a background singer, and before long, she was leading her own band.

After spending her singing career interpreting blues classics, Magness this year released Original, which features seven tracks that she co-wrote. She's backed for this set by her own group, which features guitarist Zach Zunis, drummer Matt Tecu, Jim Alfredson on keys and bassist Gary Davenport.

SET LIST

  • "Let Me Breathe"
  • "Twice As Strong"
  • "When You Were My King"
  • "Everything Is Alright"
  • "I Need A Man"
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