Monday, May 19, 2014

CD Review: Singer/Songwriters Janiva Magness And Annie Stela Return With Great New Music

Award-winning singer/songwriter Janiva Magness will be releasing her eleventh studio album on June 24th entitled "Original." In the last four years, her life has been in turmoil, but her creativity has blossomed as shown in this latest release. The eleven-song album begins with her classic soul sound on "Let Me Breathe" as she does not shy away from her emotions. Janiva gets her R&B groove going on "Twice As Strong," but gets back to her roots on the clap/stomp rhythm of "I Need A Man." She grooves to the sweet R&B flavor of "Everything Is Alright," before pouring her heart into climbing the slow blues of "Mountain." She ventures into the Americana feel of "Badass" with huge success, before closing with the emotionally filled "Standing."

Janiva Magness will be heading to the "Blues & Brews Festival" in Oroville, CA on May 25 and in Flagstaff, AZ on June 21. To find out more about her new album "Original," please visit

Singer/songwriter/pianist Annie Stela returns with her second full-length album, "Whiplash Blues," which will be released on May 20th. She pours her all into her music as heard in the country rock of "Billy Jay" and the heartfelt ballad "Love Me Still." The album's first single, "Lucky" is a piano story that spotlights Annie's tremendous songwriting. Her breakthrough song definitely is "Any Time, Any Day" as it has all the right ingredients for a country hit. The album closes with Annie putting all her emotions out there in the feel-good song, "Right."

Annie Stela has only one show scheduled at the moment in Venice, CA on May 21st. For more information on the new album, please visit her Facebook page at

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