Named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time, Mavis Staples will perform at Smothers Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m.
Staples will be joined by her three-piece band and trio of backup singers.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, Staples has been a solid rock of American music for the past six decades. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as number 56 of its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Rolling Stone also named the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" among its Top 500 Songs of All Time.
Staples is one of the few musicians to claim an existence outside of one particular musical genre, weaving herself into the fabric of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, rock, and blues. Staples gives voice to entire movements, to eras, and to older songs whose roots have been lost. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the protests of the civil rights era, and then amazingly to pop radio in the Stax Records era, Staples has carried on.
Her first album with Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone, won a much-deserved Grammy, while their second collaboration, One True Vine, is the album that solidified her position at the helm of American music. A gospel album for the 21st century, it strives for faith in a world where nothing can be taken for granted and showcases a new reserve in her singing—a muted, plaintive quality that serves perfectly these darker, more nuanced songs. In 2013 she performed alongside Justin Timberlake at the White House tribute to Memphis Soul, and she also sang with Elton John in a show-stealing Grammy tribute to the late Levon Helm of The Band.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call (310) 506-4522 or visit the Center for the Arts website.