UNCSA Presents: American Music Series
Mavis Staples is a living legend of American rhythm and blues and gospel music. She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship, and is a Kennedy Center honoree.
In 2011, she won a Grammy Award for her album “You Are Not Alone.” Before Staples became a solo singer in 2001, she sang primarily with her legendary family group, The Staple Singers, who evolved from enormously popular gospel singers in the late 1950s to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America.
By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975. Staples’ most recent album, “If All I Was Was Black,” was released in 2017.
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