Born in Chicago, Mavis Staples has been performing professionally since she was a child. She joined her family's group, The Staple Singers at age 11. Over the next several decades the group had several pop hits, including "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)," and "Let's Do it Again." The Staple Singers also played a key role in the music of the Civil Rights Movement, thanks in part to Mavis' father's friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., performing gospel music as well as covers of contemporary protest songs, including "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and "For What It's Worth."
While continuing her work with The Staple Singers, Mavis also began to release solo recordings starting in 1969. Her latest release, 2013's One True Vine, reunites her with Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), who collaborated with her on her 2010 Grammy Award winning album You Are Not Alone. A gospel album for the 21st century, the music of One True Vine strives for faith in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.