One of the most powerful blues and R&B singers around, Janiva Magness draws on her rough childhood in Detroit and "invigorates every song with a brutal honesty" (Chicago Sun-Times). Nominated for 22 Blues Music Awards to date, Magness won the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, making her only the second woman to ever win the prize. Moving fluidly from soulful to funky, Magness mines the full range of human experience with an electrifying stage presence. Her latest album, Original, showcases Magness' songwriting skills, and nabbed the singer her seventh B.M.A., for Contemporary Blues Female Artist. L.A.-based singer-songwriter Cindy Alexander opens this show at City Winery Chicago.