When she was 11 years old, Mavis Staples was singing lead for her family gospel/soul/pop group the Staple Singers, whose music not only provided support and inspiration for the Civil Rights Movement but later ascended the charts with nuggets like "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There." Sixty years later, Staples is still going strong, her marvelous, power-packed voice a wonder of growls, cries, and whispers that stir up a lifetime of emotions. After initially struggling to find a solo contemporary niche, Staples returned to her strengths—gospel roots and civil rights standards—and her revived career has... More >>>