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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. Staples and Tweedy completed the final studio sessions of Pops Staples, released in 2015 as Don't Lose This. Later that year, she released Your Good Fortune, a four-track EP made with Anti labelmate Son Little. For Livin' on a High Note, her 2016 release, she worked with M. Ward as producer, while Nick Cave, Neko Case, and Bon Iver were among its songwriters. Shortly after its release, HBO premiered Mavis!, a documentary. ~ Rob Bowman
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: One True Vine

1. Holy Ghost

2. Every Step

3. Can You Get To That

4. Jesus Wept

5. Far Celestial Shores

6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today

7. Sow Good Seeds

8. I Like The Things About Me

9. Woke Up This Morning (With Jesus On My Mind)

10. One True Vine

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Track List: You Are Not Alone

1. Don't Knock

2. You Are Not Alone

3. Downward Road

4. In Christ There Is No East Or West

5. Creep Along Moses

6. Losing You

7. I Belong To The Band Hallelujah

8. Last Train

9. Only The Lord Knows

10. Wrote A Song For Everyone

11. We're Gonna Make It

12. Wonderful Savior

13. Too Close To Heaven

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Track List: We'll Never Turn Back

1. Down In Mississippi

2. Eyes On The Prize

3. We Shall Not Be Moved

4. In The Mississippi River

5. On My Way

6. This Little Light

7. 99 And 1/2

8. My Own Eyes

9. Turn Me Around

10. We'll Never Turn Back

11. I'll Be Rested

12. Jesus Is On The Main Line

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Track List: Have A Little Faith

1. Step Into The Light

2. Pop's Recipe

3. Have A Little Faith

4. God Is Not Sleeping

5. A Dying Man's Plea

6. Ain't No Better Than You

7. I Wanna Thank You

8. I Still Believe In You

9. At The End Of The Day

10. There's A Devil On The Loose

11. In Times Like These

12. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

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Track List: Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated To Mahalia Jackson

1. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

2. A Rusty Old Halo

3. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

4. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

5. Wade In The Water

6. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

7. I'll Fly Away From Here

8. Were You There?

9. Go Down, Moses

10. Steal Away

11. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

12. Down By The Riverside

13. Stand By Me

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Track List: Only For The Lonely

1. Until I Met You

2. Sweet Things You Do

3. The Choking Kind

4. You're Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger)

5. A House Is Not A Home

6. Security

7. Son Of A Preacher Man

8. Pick Up The Pieces

9. Chained

10. Good To Me

11. You Send Me

12. I Have Learned To Do Without You

13. How Many Times

14. Endlessly

15. You're The Fool

16. Since I Fell For You

17. What Happened To The Real Me

18. Since You Became A Part Of My Life

19. It Makes Me Wanna Cry

20. Don't Change Me Now

21. That's The Way Love Is

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Track List: Can You Get To That (Single)

1. Can You Get To That

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Track List: High Note (Single)

5. High Note

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

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Track List: Livin' On A High Note

1. Take Us Back

2. Love And Trust

3. If It's A Light

4. Action

5. High Note

6. Don't Cry

7. Tomorrow

8. Dedicated

9. History, Now

10. One Love

11. Jesus Lay Down Beside Me

12. MLK Song

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Track List: Mavis Staples

1. Falling In Love

2. Show Me

3. I'll Always Love You

4. Love Gone Bad

5. It Only Happened

6. Holding On To Your Love

7. Beat Well Done

8. See What You Started

9. Interlude (Take Me To The River)

10. Holding On To Your Love (Mavis In The House)

11. Beat Well Done (Gospel)

12. See What You Started (Club Mix)

13. Holding On To Your Love (Club Mix)

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Track List: Your Good Fortune

1. Your Good Fortune

2. Fight

3. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

4. Wish I Had Answered

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I've been of Mavis and The Staple Singers since the beginning! That electric voice and sound that Pops developed are one of a kind! Great forever!
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Luvvvvv it! It moves my soul
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Luv the strong voice, makes me feel calm & comfy listening to her.
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Her voice really moves me..... would love to see her on stage one day....
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Tell that brother
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Just saw her last night here in Denver. Man, what a voice! Great show!
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Twitter: Mavis_Staple s
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I have always loved mavis voice I wish I could get waiting for my child to play in its entirety.
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"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 ~
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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!!
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the best of the best
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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
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crystyles378 7
Interesting in how and where the staples singer started..... . . I was on here listening to gospel and I seen the name Staples.
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"Power To The Little Brown Boy"*978*5m1 4 y ~
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Godaddy sing it up!!!
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I want to disco!
I agree!amen
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Rebuild.
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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!
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Mavis Staples is and always will be my girl!! Whatever she sings is a hit to me!!
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God Bless Mavis! She's still hangin' in and gettin' better at that.
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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
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s.pearl
Nice but Dusty's version is better IMHO
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What a rich majestic voice, like no other.
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steventimmon s
the most soulful voice out there
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I heard Mavis Staples for my first time at the SF blues festival, she grabbed my heart, with her song "GOD NEVER SLEEPS".
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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."
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I hope she is at New Orleans Jazz Fest this year!
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carla_braga
Luv it!
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soulful and sexy...love her voice..,
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No one does it like Mavis. She has a strong and very unique voice; Very captivating.
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renoveda
Mavis still beats the the current hard hitters. She is absolutely amazing even now. Too cool. Music is great. Jet
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i luv her voice it different
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xany8
nominated for a grammy this year!
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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!




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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
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Love this woman!
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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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