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Women Sing the Blues

Women's Crisis Support Team and the Southern Oregon Blues Society have teamed up to bring blues singer Janiva Magness to the Rogue Valley. Magness will headline the Fourth Annual Women Sing the Blues Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Doors open at 6: 30 p.m. for a silent auction.

Magness, a 30-year veteran of the blues and reigning queen of the genre, plays about 200 shows a year in the U.S. and Europe. She is the Blues Music award winner for Best Contemporary Female Artist of the year for both 2007 and 2006, and her latest CD, "Do I Move You?" was nominated in 2007 for Best Album of the Year and Best Blues Album of the Year.

Magness says in a Redbook magazine article that both her parents were alcoholics and her father was violent. Tragically, each committed suicide. As a teen she took to the streets and eventually was shuffled among 12 foster homes. Magness was the 2007 spokesperson for National Foster Care Month.

One foster mother helped her escape drugs and alcohol, and Magness, then 18, started auditioning for bands. She got every gig and has been singing the blues ever since.

WCST has been a resource and refuge for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Josephine County for nearly 30 years. The grassroots nonprofit is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and sexual assault through intervention, prevention and safe shelter.

The Southern Oregon Blues Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 and dedicated to promoting and preserving the American musical blues heritage. SOBS has produced The Women Sing the Blues concert since 2004.

Concert tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Tickets are available in Grants Pass at chamber offices, Listen Here, and Larry's Music; in Medford at Larry's Music; and in Ashland at the Music Coop. They may also be purchased online at www.wcstjoco.org. There is a $2 per ticket handling fee for online purchases.

Gift tickets for Moving On clients, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, students and others may be purchased by calling 476-3877.

Blues singer Janiva Magness headlines at the fourth annual Women Sing the Blues Concert.