“The devil ain’t got no music. All music is God’s music.” – Mavis Staples
Daughter of the legendary Pops Staples, she was the transcendent vocalist of the Staples Singers and remains a Gospel and Rhythm and Blues performer par excellence. In her long career that has spanned SEVEN decades (!) she has collaborated with a host of musicians across a wide range of musical genres. She once even turned down a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan. These days you can experience her vocal power in a tune called “I Give You Power” recorded with Arcade Fire, released on Inauguration Day. I’ve posted a YouTube link below because I think you deserve to hear Mavis for yourself, if you have never had the pleasure.