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Mavis Staples

The Staple Singers just wouldn't be the same without old Mavis. Lead singer and probably the most underrated Diva of the 20th century, Mavis Staples first recorded solo for Volt in 1969. She even tried her hand at Disco in 1979 and trendy, electronic pop in 1984, but at the end of the day, Mavis Staples is a soul sister. Her voice is a unique one in that her range rests perfectly between tenor and mezzo-soprano. Another talent that lies within her satiating contralto is her almost super human ability to phrase with finesse and to implant the pure power of passion and emotion through manipulating her vocal tone. This proves to be especially compatible with The Staple Singers' uncommon blend of Country Soul.

Mavis Staples Concert Films

  • The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music

    Dr. John

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 41 min

    On Saturday, May 3, 2014, esteemed musicians and friends joined together for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music”, a special concert event taping honoring this musical icon in his hometown of New Orleans. Taking place at the historic Saenger Theatre in the French Quarter, the concert paid homage to Dr. John’s illustrious songbook and featured once-in-a-lifetime collaborations from a lineup of prestigious and award-winning artists. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
     
     
  • I'll Take You There: An All-Star Celebration of Mavis Staples

    Various Artists

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 1 hr 48 min

    This historic, all-star concert features over twenty performances by Gregg Allman, Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many more. Filmed at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, this show was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and American icon, Mavis Staples. Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over six decades, Staples soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, I'll Take You There includes exclusive interviews, many by the artists, exploring Staples' cultural and musical impact. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
     
     
  • Love for Levon: A Benefit To Save The Barn

    Various Artists

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 2 hr 40 min

    It only takes about 200 folks to rattle the rafters during one of the Midnight Rambles at Levon Helm's rustic studio in Woodstock, New York. But it took the 20,000-seat Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to hold his adoring fans for the LOVE FOR LEVON tribute concert on October 3, 2012. Helm, who died the previous April from throat cancer, organized his first Ramble back in 2004. People flocked to these intimate events Levon hosted, joined by an enviable core of Woodstock-based musicians and special guests. You couldn't beat the intimacy or the vibe. The Izod Center concert served as a fund-raiser and pledge to keep the Rambles alive. Dozens of luminaries from rock, soul, and country-artists as diverse as Roger Waters, Mavis Staples, and My Morning Jacket-gathered to pay their collective respects in an incredible final tribute to Levon Helm. This LOVE FOR LEVON extravaganza features 27 songs capped by a full group finale of The Weight, one of Levon's greatest moments on record. On this magical night, everyone felt the outpouring of love toward Levon. That evening, one at a time, or sometimes in pairs, music royalty took turns in the spotlight, performing songs associated with Levon Helm and the Band. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
     
     
  • The Life And Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration

    Various Artists

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 1 hr 52 min

    A once-in-a-lifetime concert celebrating 15 million record-selling 13 time Grammy Award-winning, three-time CMA Award recipient, and two-time Americana Awards winner, Emmylou Harris. Performers include Harris Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & more. Highlight tracks: “Two More Bottles of Wine,” “Born to Run” and “Boulder to Birmingham.” Musical direction by Don Was & Buddy Miller. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
     
     

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