from The Seattle Times:

Tough but tender blues singer Janiva Magness has come into her own with her first album featuring original, confessional songs, “Stronger For It” (Alligator). The titles — “Whistlin’ in the Dark,” “I Won’t Cry” and Ike Turner’s “You Got What You Wanted” — tell the story of pain, loss and redemption. Magness, who won the 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, only the second woman (besides Koko Taylor) so honored, celebrates the release of her new album in Seattle. Magness performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $22.50 (206-441-9729 or

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