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Mavis Staples on World Cafe | Monday, December 13, 2010

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Legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples is one of the most prominent vocalists of our time The start of her career with family band The Staples Singers was a modest one, performing at local churches and radio stations. But once they took their performances to the road, they became nothing short of R&B icons. Hit after hit, the group became a national voice for the civil rights movement, even working closely with civil rights activists like Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Staples' gospel-rooted solo recordings have captivated artists such as Bob Dylan and Prince, and paved the way for contemporary soul music. Over the course of her 50-year career, Staples has won the hearts of many with her huge vocals and messages of hope.

At 69, Staples continues to spread positivity through her music. Her latest release, You Are Not Alone, is her 13th album and features a mix of Staples' material, as well as interpretations of songs by Pop Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint and John Fogerty.

This World Cafe performance originally aired on Nov. 5.

Beth Orton Central Reservation  Central Reservation
Bobby Long  A Winter Tale  A Winter Tale
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss  Please Read The Letter  Raising Sand
Mavis Staples  Wonderful Savior  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mavis Staples  You Are Not Alone  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mavis Staples  Losing You  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mavis Staples  Wrote A Song For Everyone  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ry Cooder  Tattler  Paradise and Lunch
Adele  Rolling in the Deep 21
New Radicals  You Get What You Give  Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
Summer Fiction  She's Bound to Get Hurt  Summer Fiction
Summer Fiction  Chandeliers  Summer Fiction
R.E.M.  Man on the Moon  Automatic for the People
The Decemberists  Down By The Water  The King is Dead
Black Dub  I Believe in You  Black Dub
Massive Attack  The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game  Batman Forever
Aloe Blacc  I Need a Dollar  Good Things
Gorillaz  On Melancholy Hill  Plastic Beach
Elvis Costello  National Ransom  National Ransom
The Pretenders  My City is Gone  Learning to Crawl
The Secret Sisters  I've Got a Feeling  The Secret Sisters
The Mamas and the Papas  Got a Feeling  Creeque Alley: The History of The Mamas & the Papas