Supporting Act: Pieta BrownA soul/gospel legend, Mavis Staples holds a special place in music history. With her bold, Grammy-winning album, You Are Not Alone, the legendary vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to an historic career. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
A Chicago native, Mavis Staples began singing Gospel in local churches with her family in the late 40s, traveling throughout the South in the early 50s. Their popularity and folk music style led to the group becoming prominent in the civil rights movement of the 60s, covering some of the most popular protest standards of the era at rallies and tour dates. The family band scored a number of hit singles throughout the 70s, including "I'll Take You There", "Let's Do It Again", and "Respect Yourself." While Mavis' solo career began to a sleepy reception, she hit her stride with Time Waits for No One and The Voice, both featuring production and writing assistance from Prince. Staples' 2004 album, Have A Little Faith received rave reviews from critics, as well as once again reigniting her career.
Staples' latest release, You Are Not Alone, has shown that, even though Mavis may not release an album every year, her talent will never cease. Mavis Staples has a number of high profile tour dates in 2011, including appearances at a few remaining summer festivals. For all the latest on Staples concert schedule this year, be sure to check Eventful often.
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