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Okayplayer Premieres Mavis Staples' "Tomorrow"
Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Okayplayer Premieres Mavis Staples' "Tomorrow"

Yet another standout track from the new Mavis Staples album Livin’ On A High Note entitled “Tomorrow” is premiering care of Okayplayer. The track merges a classic pop accessibility with the understated bravado of sixties R&B and Stax soul. It was penned for Staples by multi instrumentalist Jon Batiste ...

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Mavis Staples Calls For "Action"
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Mavis Staples Calls For "Action"

A new song from the much anticipated Mavis Staples album Livin’ On A High Note entitled “Action” is premiering via Fader Magazine. The track, equal parts dance party soul and moving social consciousness gospel, was composed byTune-Yards' Merrill Gabbus who told Fader: "I am stunned that Mavis Staples is singing ...

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Pitchfork Premieres New Mavis Staples Track "Dedicated"
Monday, February 15th, 2016

Pitchfork Premieres New Mavis Staples Track "Dedicated"

MAVIS!, the first feature documentary on the legendary singer, directed by Jessica Edwards, will debut on Monday, February 29, 2016, exclusively on HBO. A new song from the highly anticipated new Mavis Staples album Livin’ On A High Note entitled “Dedicated” is premiering today on Pitchfork. The moving and reflective ...

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Mavis Staples Wins Grammy

Anti- would like to offer a genuine congratulations to the legendary Mavis Staples for yet another Grammy win. This time Mavis took home the award in Best American Roots Performance for her truly moving rendition of the the Blind Lemon Jefferson composition “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The ...

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Mavis Staples To Release Livin' On A High Note February 19
Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Mavis Staples To Release Livin' On A High Note February 19

Mavis Staples is an alchemist of American music, and has continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and even hip hop over the better part of the last 60 years, the iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road unwaveringly. Along the way, she has learned from, worked with, and schooled countless legends from all arenas, and has brought her own timeless talent to each and every performance. Who else can claim to have answered the call time and time again, to become a leading voice of not just a generation, but of multiple eras and in myriad manifestations? Who else was there to sell a million gospel records, walk beside Dr. Martin Luther King, to help lead the ‘70s soul-power movement, to sing under the spotlight during The Last Waltz, to serve as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers, and to win over 21st-century fans with a trio of deeply spiritual solo albums produced by Ry Cooder (2007’s We’ll Never Turn Back) and by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (2010’s Grammy winning You Are Not Alone and 2013’s critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated One True Vine)? With the release of her new album Livin’ On A High Note, she continues to gain momentum. Referencing and drawing from her past while taking the music to fresh places, Mavis and her team recruited a unique dozen of today’s heralded and up-and-coming artists to write songs for the record. The names gathered here impress and excite: Neko Case, Justin Vernon, Nick Cave, Ben Harper, Tune-Yards, Aloe Blacc, Benjamin Booker, The Head and the Heart, M. Ward—with Ward also tapped to produce the album in full. Listen to the first single "High Note" at Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/news/62164-mavis-staples-enlists-bon-iver-nick-cave-neko-case-m-ward-more-for-new-album-livin-on-a-high-note/ “I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new,” says Mavis. “I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I’m so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I’m always telling a part of ...

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