Although singing has always come natural for Janiva, her early life’s path has rarely been rosy. Early in life she lost both parents to suicide. Shortly after came 12 foster homes in two years. At 16 Janiva became an emancipated minor with chemical dependencies and a teenage mother putting her baby up for adoption. Turmoil was a daily part of her young life. Since she has found salvation in the blues and the music she records and tours with year around and worldwide.
Janiva Magness has been a full-time recording and touring artist for nearly three decades including a stint for Chicago blues label Alligator Records and currently with Los Angeles label Blue Elan Records.