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Mavis Staples Announces Auckland Show For April

Mavis Staples Announces Auckland Show For April

Thursday 16th February, 2017 10:15AM

Soul singer extraordinaire Mavis Staples has locked in one New Zealand date for April. The Chicago native, who first started performing gospel music with her family band The Staple Singers in the late 40s, is still going strong having released her fifteenth studio album Livin' on a High Note last year via Epitaph - and even more recently let loose a powerful collaboration with Arcade Fire. Here are the show details... 


Mavis Staples with support from Tami Neilson
Wednesday 19th April, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland

Tickets available via Ticketmaster


Here's Mavis performing 'I'll Take You There' at the White House a few years ago...


PRESS RELEASE:

Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. From gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road.

Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has been in the company of countless legends. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her family as The Staple Singers, to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, to pop stardom during the Stax era with hits “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” to The Last Waltz, to serving as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince, to collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson, to her GRAMMY®-winning partnership with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

THERE IS NO PERSONA - SHE IS, SIMPLY AND UNTOUCHABLY, MAVIS.

Mavis is here, having weaved in and through all that fabric for all these many years, to show us that true joy lies simply in living for others. It’s the sermon Dr. King gave all those years ago, and we must be grateful that she is able to echo it for us now. Mavis takes us—not only there, but back, up, and through.

Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has learned from, worked with, and schooled countless legends, and has brought her own timeless talent to every performance. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her father, Pops, and her brother and sisters as The Staple Singers, to the freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, to pop radio stardom during the Stax era with hits “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” to The Last Waltz, to serving as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers, to 21st century collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson, to her GRAMMY®-winning partnership with fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy, the one constant has been Mavis and her singular voice. She has embraced her evolution, absorbing new sounds and ideas, rising to meet the challenges of longevity and bringing her message of hope and positivity to new listeners, song after song, show after show.





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