Mavis Staples Prepares New Album

Featuring material from Nick Cave, Justin Vernon and more...

Mavis Staples is set to release new album 'Livin' On A High Note' next month.

The gospel and soul legend worked with M. Ward on the album, which features all new compositions from some intriguing names.

Nick Cave pens 'Jesus Lay Down Beside Me' while Justin Vernon contributed to 'Dedicated'. Other guest artists contributing to the writing process include Benjamin Booker, Ben Harper, tUnE-yArDs and more.

“I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new,” says Mavis. “I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I’m so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I’m always telling a part of history that brought us down and I’m trying to bring us back up. These songwriters gave me a challenge. They gave me that feeling of, ‘Hey, I can hang! I can still do this!’ There’s a variety, and it makes me feel refreshed and brand new. Just like Benjamin Booker wrote on the opening track, ‘I got friends and I got love around me, I got people, the people who love me.’ I’m living on a high note, I’m above the clouds. I’m just so grateful. I must be the happiest old girl in the world. Yes, indeed.”

Check out new track 'High Note' below.

'Livin' On A High Note' will be released on February 19th. Tracklisting:

Take Us Back (Benjamin Booker)
Love And Trust (Ben Harper)
If It’s A Light (The Head & The Heart)
Action (Tune-Yards)
High Note (Valerie June)
Don’t Cry (M Ward)
Tomorrow (Aloe Blacc/John Batiste)
Dedicated (Justin Vernon/M Ward)
History Now (Neko Case)
One Love (Son Little)
Jesus Lay Down Beside Me (Nick Cave)
MLK Song (M Ward/ Martin Luther King)

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