The gospel legend Mavis Staples visits Our Lady’s Church, the 30th of July. She has collaborated with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Ry Cooder, Neil Young and Sting. And she was Grammy nominated along with her good friend Bob Dylan for their duet version of the song “Gotta Serve Somebody” in 2004.
Mavis Staples began her career as part of the family group The Staples Singers, who were often named “God’s Greatest Hitmakers”. The Staples Singers worked closely with Martin Luther King jr. during the civil rights movement U.S. in the 60s. What King said, they could sing. The Staples Singers became the movement’s spiritual and musical voice. Mavis says, “I was there. And I’m still here on the battlefield, fighting for love, hope and peace. ”
In recent years, Mavis Staples career has had a great revival. Her last two records were produced by Jeff Tweedy from the band Wilco. The album You Are Not Alone won a Grammy in 2010, while her latest album One True Vine was nominated for a Grammy this year.
The Swedish music journalist Mathias Jensen writes about Mavis Staples in the magazine GAFFA: “… This is music that makes me believe that gospel music is the only thing needed. One does not need not be religious to cry from «Jesus Wept”. You only need to believe the words you hear. ”
All proof that we meet a gospel legend at her greatest during the festival.