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Janiva Magness: "I See Blues as the Music of the American People"

Janiva Magness is familiar with success. At this year's Blues Music Awards, she won her fourth Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year award, along with Song of the Year for "I Won't Cry." Magness can add those to her long list of accomplishments, which includes the 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (she was only the second woman to ever win that award).

But Magness is familiar with hardship as well. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she's endured more than her fair share of tragedies, including the suicides of both of her parents, which left her in and out of a dozen different foster homes and three psychiatric hospitals. Clearly, she doesn't just sing the blues - she's lived them.

She's currently on tour, promoting her recently released and critically acclaimed tenth album, Stronger For It. With her performance at Poor David's Pub (1313 S Lamar St) on Saturday, June 22, coming up, Magness was nice enough to talk to us about her life, music and her new album.

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Mac McCann is a writer from Dallas. His work, covering a variety of topics, has been published in more than a dozen publications around the country, including The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Charlotte Observer, The Austin American-Statesman, Complex, Reason, Austin Chronicle, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, OC Weekly, Phoenix New Times and more.
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