Janiva Magness

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Blues Singer
Date of Birth January 30, 1957
Place of Birth Michigan
Age 63 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Janiva Magness

Janiva Magness is a Grammy Award nominated American blues, soul, and Americana singer and songwriter. To date she has released twelve albums. The Blues Foundation named Magness the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year in 2009, becoming only the second woman, after Koko Taylor, to be so honored. The award was presented by B.B. King himself and Bonnie Raitt. In 2014 she released her first album of all originals entitled Original which earned her the award for Song of the Year. Magness has earned seven Blues Music Awards with 26 similar nominations. USA Today stated, "Magness is a blues star."

Born: January 30, 1957, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres: Electric blues, soul
Occupation(s): Singer, songwriter
Instruments: Vocals
Years active: 1980s-present
Labels: Various including NorthernBlues, Alligator, Blue Elan.
Website: Janiva Magness's Official site

About Janiva Magness

Blues artist who was named the B.B. Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2009.

Before Fame

She released her first independent blues album in 1997 called It Takes One to Know One.


She released the album Stronger For It in 2012.

Family Life

Her seventeen-year relationship with husband and musical collaborator Jeff Turmes ended in 2012.


Koko Taylor and Magness were the first two women to win the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award.

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Latest information about Janiva Magness updated on January 22, 2021.

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