Gospel and Blues Legend Mavis Staples to Perform at UNCW

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

"Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion." - Rolling Stone

Grammy-winning gospel and blues legend Mavis Staples performs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in UNCW's Kenan Auditorium. The performance, co-sponsored by the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts and The Penguin - 98.3 fm, is part of the UNCW Masters Series, which brings artists of cultural and historic significance to Wilmington each year.

Staples' remarkable career began in the 1950s when her family's gospel group, The Staples Singers, became a household name with popular hits such as "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself." Since that time, Staples has maintained her gospel roots while blazing new trails - taking her from the epicenter of the civil rights movement and collaborations with artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band and Prince to her 2011 Grammy-winning album You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

"Mavis is the walking embodiment of undaunted spirit and courage," says Tweedy. "She's an ever-forward looking, positive example for all human beings. And she sounds like she's in the prime of her life."

One of the greatest voices of our time, Staples' many contributions to the American musical landscape have been recognized by the NAACP, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, National Endowment for the Arts and artists and critics from across the music spectrum.

Tickets are $25-35 (reserved seating). More information is available at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, M-F, noon-6 p.m., 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643 and at