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Mavis Staples

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Recorded at London’s Union Chapel and produced by Staples herself, the live album reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after seventy years as a performer, and that while her repertoire continues to expand, her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group, the Staple Singers.
“It’s still the same message,” she says. “I’m still trying to bring us together and make the world a better place through songs. We need one another more than ever now—things ain't no better now that when I started seventy years ago.” Her sense of compassion and justice shoots through these performances, offering a voice of resistance that is more necessary than ever during these troubled times. “No Time for Cryin’ “ not only connects the timeless gospel image of “motherless children” to the modern-day refugee crisis, it also calls for action, just as Pops Staples and his children did during the Civil Rights movement.
For this project, Staples—who is still on the road almost 200 nights a year— welcomed the spontaneity and vulnerability of recording live. The album captures the spirit and energy, the commitment and intensity, that she brings to the stage every night. “I don't think about it being recorded, I’m just singing for the people and expressing my feeling through the songs,” she says. “I don’t try to do anything perfect for the record, I just sing from my heart. Pops taught me that years ago—what comes from the heart reaches the heart.”

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