"Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion." - Rolling Stone  

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS 10.20.2012: Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul: Mavis Staples, Chaka Kahn and Erykah Badu perform "I'll Take You There"

6.13.2011 Rolling Stone: On Bonnaroo's 'flower children'

9.21.2011 Rolling Stone: On hanging with the next generation

With the groundbreaking family gospel group The Staple Singers ("I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself") and on her own, Mavis is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots

Rolling Stone named The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" among Top 500 Songs of All Time

Featured in The Band's The Last Waltz with The Staple Singers. Collaborations and appearances with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bill Cosby to Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Prince, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Aretha Franklin, Ry Cooder rank among Mavis' many career highlights


★June 2013 Featured on Conan O'Brien's TBS show, Conan (for the second time)

★June 2013 Featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

★December 2012 Featured on The Colbert Report (for the second time) with Jeff Tweedy and Sean Lennon

★October 2012 Featured on Austin City Limits along with Bonnie Raitt on PBS

★September 2012 Featured on the PBS special, From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and also featured Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Carole King, Merle Haggard, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Emmylou Harris

★November 2011 Featured on VH1's Divas Celebrate Soul along with Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Boys II Men

★April 2011 Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

★February 2011 Featured on Conan O'Brien's TBS show, Conan

★December 2010 Featured at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Paul McCartney broadcast on PBS

★October 2010 Featured on the Late Show with David Letterman with Jeff Tweedy

★April 2007 Featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

  One True Vine (Anti-Records, produced by Jeff Tweedy) - 2014 GRAMMY Nominee - Best Americana Album

2013 Featured on Willie Nelson's To All The Girls along with Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris

2013 Featured as part of "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" along with Justin Timberlake, Booker T. Jones, Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, William Bell and Queen Latifah broadcast nationally on PBS

2013 During the televised GRAMMY Awards Ceremony, performed The Band's "The Weight" with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, T Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), and Zac Brown in tribute to the late Levon Helm

2013 Performed at MusiCare's Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Bruce Springsteen. Other featured performers included Neil Young, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Sting, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Mumford & Sons, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Emmylou Harris, Jim James, John Legend, Eddie Vedder and Alabama Shakes

You Are Not Alone (Anti-Records, produced by Jeff Tweedy) 2011 GRAMMY WINNER - Best Americana Album

2010 GRAMMY Nominee for Live: Hope At The Hideout (Best Contemporary Blues Album) and featured on Oh Happy Day (Best Traditional Gospel Album), "Waiting For My Child To Come Home" performed with Patty Griffin

Live: Hope at the Hideout was named one of the Best Live CDs of All Time by Amazon.com editors.

Have A Little Faith (2005) honored among DownBeat's Best of the 2000's

2012 Living Blues Awards - winner in the Readers' Poll for Most Outstanding Blues Singer

2011 DownBeat Critics Poll - ranked among the best in the Beyond Album category

2011 DownBeat magazine Readers Poll - ranked among Best Beyond Albums for You Are Not Alone

2011 Living Blues Awards - winner in the Critics' Poll Blues Artist of the Year Award (Female) and winner of the Most Outstanding Blues Singer Award

2011 - Honorary Doctor of Music Degree From Berklee College of Music

Featured in 2009 GRAMMY Nominated Respect Yourself - The Stax Records Story (named after The Staple Singers hit) - Best Long Form Music Video category

2005 GRAMMY Nominations: collaboration with Dr. John on "Lay My Burden Down" (Best Gospel Performance) from Dr. John's N'awlinz Dis Dat Or D'udda (Best Contemporary Blues Album) and was featured performing "Hard Times Come Again No More" on the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster (Best Traditional Folk Album)

2003 Grammy Nominee with Bob Dylan (Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals) for their duet "Gotta Change My Way of Thinking" on Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan which was nominated for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album

Blues Music Award Winner: Soul/Blues Female Artist of the Year 2005 & 2006; Winner of 2005 Blues Album of the Year and Soul/Blues Album of the Year for her acclaimed release, Have A Little Faith

First Amendment Center / Americana Music Association Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award (2007)

National Heritage Fellowship Award Winner (2006) by The National Endowment for the Arts

GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (2005)

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee with The Staple Singers (1999)

Included on Rolling Stone's Greatest Singers of All Time and VH1's Greatest Women of Rock and Roll

"Mavis Staples Day" declared June 19, 2007 by Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, in recognition of Mavis' legendary career and lifelong dedication to civil rights