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About Mavis Staples

REG has had the pleasure of booking Mavis Staples several times, including for the Pearl River Resort in Mississippi and for the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team.

Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples possesses one of the most recognizable and treasured voices in contemporary music. From her early days sharing lead vocals with her groundbreaking family gospel group, The Staple Singers, to her storied solo recordings, Mavis Staples is an inspirational force in modern popular culture and music.

A veteran of the music scene for over 40 years, a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and one of VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n Roll," Staples blazed an R&B trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots, influencing artists from Bob Dylan to Prince (who dubbed her "the epitome of soul") in the process. Appearances alongside everyone from the Martin Luther King, Jr. to Bill Cosby to several US presidents to musicians Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Santana, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and recording sessions with Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Aretha Franklin, and so many others — and all that barely scratches the surface of her accomplishments.

During her career, Staples has appeared in many films and television shows, including The Last Waltz, Wattstax, Soul Train, and The Cosby Show. Her music has been sampled by some of the biggest selling hip-hop artists, including Salt 'n Pepa, Ice Cube, and Ludacris. Mavis has recorded with a wide variety of musicians, from her close friend Bob Dylan to The Band, Ray Charles, George Jones, Natalie Merchant, Ann Peebles, Delbert McClinton, and many others.

Mavis Staples continues to build on a family tradition of joining gospel fervor with shades of soul and R&B. Her importance in both the music world and as a driving force of social change makes her a true icon — an artist who creates music that will inspire people to have faith in the healing and uplifting power of her remarkable gift.