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Mavis Staples

Born in 1939 in Chicago, Mavis Staples achieved wide recognition as lead singer for the Staple Singers. She first recorded solo for Stax subsidiary Volt in 1969. Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack on Curtom, a disappointing nod to disco for Warner in 1979, a misguided stab at electro-pop with Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1984, and an uneven album for Paisley Park. Staples has a rich contralto voice that has neither the range of Aretha Franklin nor the power of Patti LaBelle. Her otherworldly power comes instead from a masterful command of phrasing and a deep-seated sensuality expressed through timbre manipulation. Both the Staple Singers and Mavis found fresh audiences stemming from their participation on the CD Rhythm Country and Blues, and in 1996 she issued Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson. Her next recording project didn't land for another eight years, although Have a Little Faith on Alligator became her highest-profile release in years. We'll Never Turn Back appeared three years later in 2007. Staples teamed up with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy as producer for 2010's You Are Not Alone, which won the 2011 Grammy Award in the category of Best Americana Album. One True Vine, released in 2013, was also produced by Tweedy and featured a mix of old and new songs written by the likes of George Clinton, Alan Sparhawk (Low), and Nick Lowe. ~ Rob Bowman, Rovi
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Track List: Can You Get To That (Single)

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Track List: Live At Bonnaroo, TN 6/17/2007

Comments

"Holy Ghost " Spiritual Leader of Thee *GOD*
Bringing Us in remembrance of every-thing
JESUS Thee CHRIST wants Us to-know
Thee HOLY GHOST is like the wind
You don't know which-way it-came-from
You don't know which-way it-may-go
You do know-and-fee l the effects-of-i t
Thee Invisible GOD
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
I love Mavis, wish she would have found someone to better promote that voice. I think it is one of the most fantastic voices ever!!
the best of the best
I just seen am interview with Mavis on CBS Saturday.... What a beautiful humble funny lady...I'd like to sit with her on the front porch have a glass of sweet tea and listen to all the stories she has to tell... What an amazing woman
crystyles378 7
Interesting in how and where the staples singer started..... . . I was on here listening to gospel and I seen the name Staples.
"Power To The Little Brown Boy"*978*5m1 4 y ~
Godaddy sing it up!!!
I want to disco!
I agree!amen
Rebuild.
mary.l.phemi s t e r
LOVE Mavis met her in the Center for Performing Arts. A that my husband and I over saw the building. Was able to go to her dressing room and talk to her. Mavis is a strong and wonderful woman. She has been a great. Inspiration to me!
Mavis Staples is and always will be my girl!! Whatever she sings is a hit to me!!
God Bless Mavis! She's still hangin' in and gettin' better at that.
I have always loved her voice I met her many many years ago in Chicago when Don Cornelious has his first club on the southside,sh e sounded good then and still today and I agree she sounds much better than Aretha Franklin
s.pearl
Nice but Dusty's version is better IMHO
What a rich majestic voice, like no other.
steventimmon s
the most soulful voice out there
I heard Mavis Staples for my first time at the SF blues festival, she grabbed my heart, with her song "GOD NEVER SLEEPS".
amber9777
Mavis Staples is amazing, one of the greats. So what's with the weirdly negative tone of pandora's bio of her? "Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-pro d u c e d soundtrack on Curtom, a disappointin g nod to disco for Warner in 1979, a misguided stab at electro-pop with Holland-Dozi e r - H o l l a n d in 1984, and an uneven album for Paisley Park. Staples has a rich contralto voice that has neither the range of Aretha Franklin nor the power of Patti LaBelle."
I hope she is at New Orleans Jazz Fest this year!
carla_braga
Luv it!
soulful and sexy...love her voice..,
No one does it like Mavis. She has a strong and very unique voice; Very captivating.
renoveda
Mavis still beats the the current hard hitters. She is absolutely amazing even now. Too cool. Music is great. Jet
i luv her voice it different
xany8
nominated for a grammy this year!
pam.smith4
I love her!! I remember the Staple Singers, but haven't heard any of their music in years! Thanks for getting me back to her!




I love mrs. staples I seen her one time a cobo hall at a program honor the death of our children in Detroit MI thank you mrs .staples
Love this woman!
I know this will upset the "Queen's" fans But Mavis sound better and when the were 20is Mavis was sexier too.

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