"Livin' on a High Note" by Mavis Staples on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Gospel matron Mavis Staples’ remarkable third act continues with Livin’ on a High Note. Her fourth album for ANTI-, a rootsy sister label to the punk institution Epitaph, High Note draws on her reputation as a Civil Rights unifier (with the Staples Singers) and voice of moral dissent, featuring songs by likeminded outsiders Nick Cave (the haunting and spare “Jesus Lay Down Beside Me”), Neko Case (the protest-minded “History Now”), and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, all upheld by Staples’ frank, powerful voice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gospel matron Mavis Staples’ remarkable third act continues with Livin’ on a High Note. Her fourth album for ANTI-, a rootsy sister label to the punk institution Epitaph, High Note draws on her reputation as a Civil Rights unifier (with the Staples Singers) and voice of moral dissent, featuring songs by likeminded outsiders Nick Cave (the haunting and spare “Jesus Lay Down Beside Me”), Neko Case (the protest-minded “History Now”), and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, all upheld by Staples’ frank, powerful voice.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

20 Ratings

Mavis, I bet you give great hugs....

Rick Oswald,

Dear Mavis, you are my all time favorite voice. All I feel is the Spirit of Love, Compassion, and mercy from your heart. Thank you for this. It is beautiful...

Absolutely Amazing

Holiday15,

Another amazing album from the one and only legend Mavis Staples. Powerful, strong, positive and you feel such an inspiration! You must have it. I bought it twice. Hard copy and digital!!! Full support! I smell the 3rd Grammy on your way Mavis...

About 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 electropop 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. The following year, she released another album on Anti-, If All I Was Was Black. ~ Rob Bowman

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • BORN
    Jul 10, 1939

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