For more than 60 years, Mavis Staples’ soul-stirring voice has woven itself into the fabric of gospel, soul, blues, folk, pop, R&B, and rock and she’s coming to the Lincoln Center January 20th. Mavis’ legendary raw and rasping voice became the anthem of the civil rights movement, with her songs moving audiences like a tide. She sings to the world as it is, but also to a way forward. Today, the iconic singer is more relevant than ever, collaborating with Hozier in the chart-topping “Nina Cried Power”, the Gorillaz, Bon Iver, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy just to name a few.
In the end, Mavis’ mission with her music is to lift each other up. “Bring us all together as a people—that’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving,” she says. “These songs are going to change the world.”
Mavis Staples plays the Fort Collins Lincoln Center January 20th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $20 at http://LCTix.com.