She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. From gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road.
Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has been in the company of countless legends. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her family as The Staple Singers, to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, to pop stardom during the Stax era with hits “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” to The Last Waltz, to serving as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince, to collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson, to her Grammy-winning partnership with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.
Mavis is here, having weaved in and through all that fabric for all these many years, to show us that true joy lies simply in living for others. It’s the sermon Dr King gave all those years ago, and we must be grateful that she is able to echo it for us now. Mavis takes us – not only there, but back, up, and through.
Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has learned from, worked with, and schooled countless legends, and has brought her own timeless talent to every performance.
Mavis and her band will be supported by our own powerhouse, Tami Neilson and her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm.