The Detroit native recently released her seventh CD, Do I Move You?, which chronicles her troubled and turbulent teens. Both of her parents killed themselves with sleeping pills when she was young. By the time she was 14, Magness was a drunk, drug-addicted runaway who had bounced around a dozen different foster homes. Because of those experiences, she now serves as spokeswoman for Mays National Foster Care Month. I spent a lot of years cursing and shaking my fist, she says. Finally, theres a purpose: to hold the light for these other kids whove been through what Ive been through.
Magness says her determination got her through all the hard times. Its paid off. Earlier this year, she snagged her second straight female-vocalist honor from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. The award is the ring, the bar, the benchmark I reach for, she says.
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