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Mavis Staples

GRAMMY Award-winning singer and civil rights activist

There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America's conscience, and even fewer who continue to make vital music. As a solo performer and with the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. From the delta-gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, to a series of soul radio anthems in the 1970s, Mavis has carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.  In 2010, at age 73, she won the first Grammy of her career for “You Are Not Alone.”

Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, and was listed as one of Rolling Stone's “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, April 8

2:40pm CDT