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    Janiva Magness

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    With ‘‘Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty’’, Grammy-nominated Janiva Magness is at the nexus of re-invention and tradition. The album reframes 12 songs curated from the Creedence Clearwater Revival leader’s catalog in Magness’ soaring, soul-centered style. It also places her within the lineage of classic singers who have made albums devoted to exploring the work of a single writer within the Great American Songbook.

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    With ‘‘Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty’’, Grammy-nominated Janiva Magness is at the nexus of re-invention and tradition. The album reframes 12 songs curated from the Creedence Clearwater Revival leader’s catalog in Magness’ soaring, soul-centered style. It also places her within the lineage of classic singers who have made albums devoted to exploring the work of a single writer within the Great American Songbook.

    Magness first opened the door toChange in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty’ when she decided to include a passionate version of Fogerty’s gospel-fueled “Long As I Can See the Light” on 2016’s Grammy-nominated ‘Love Wins Again’. That album continued her own emergence as a songwriter, which began with 2014’s ‘Original’ and came into full bloom with 2018’s ‘Love Is an Army’. It followed a 2017 EP, ‘Blue Again’, on which Magness, who has won seven Blues Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year, and received 28 nominations, returned to her roots with a collection of songs from that genre’s back pages.

    In addition to creating ‘Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty’, Janiva also released her memoir, ‘Weeds Like Us’. Magness fought some tough battles before she launched her career. She lost both parents to suicide as a child and was placed in a dozen foster homes. But, inspired by the encouragement of her final foster mother and a galvanizing performance by the legendary bluesman Otis Rush, she found stability and salvation—and, ultimately, triumph—in music.

    Since the early ’90s, Magness has built an impressive career in American roots music, brick by hard-earned brick. She has traveled millions of miles, sung on thousands of club and festival stages, and made a string of recordings that have earned accolades and awards. Today, her albums rise to the top ofBillboard’s roots music charts and the apex of the Americana and blues radio charts. She is only the second woman, following blues giant Koko Taylor, to receive the Blues Foundation’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, and it was presented to her at the Memphis ceremonies by King and Bonnie Raitt. As anyone who has seen her performances or listened to her albums will attest, Magness has, indeed, earned a place in the history of American music.

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