Mavis Staples is a legendary soul and gospel singer who started singing with her family’s band, the Staples Singers, in the 1950s. Inspired by a friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the group gave a musical voice to the civil rights movement. Staples’ vocals helped expand the appeal of hit songs including “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” For decades, she has shown her versatility through collaborations with performers from many genres.
Staples won her first Grammy Award in 2011 for You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who also produced her latest release, One True Vine. Recognitions of Staples’ unique role in American music include her performances at a White House celebration of Memphis Soul and at a moving 2013 Grammy tribute to Levon Helm of the Band.