Award-winning blues singer Janiva Magness is coming to Central Missouri this week.
In connection with her new album, "Stronger For It," Magness and her band will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Mojo's in Columbia.
The paradox of vulnerability and strength are at the heart of her new album.
"As I move forward," Magness said, "I'm more willing to put myself on the line. I'm less willing to burden myself with unnecessary problems, less willing to care about what people say about me. As it turns out, the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more strength I draw from that."
Magness won the coveted 2009 Blue Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, becoming only the second woman - following the legendary Koko Taylor - to earn the honor.
She was honored as the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the year in 2006 and 2007, and is the recipient of 17 Blues Music Award nominations, including 2012's Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.
Other albums by Magness include: "The Devil is an Angel Too," "What Love Will Do" and "Bury Him at the Crossroads."
Regarding the themes of her latest album, Magness said: "Every human being goes through times of huge upheaval and personal transition. I think everyone can relate."