Mavis Staples — American Musician born on July 10, 1939,

Mavis Staples is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family's band The Staple Singers, and also as a solo artist... (wikipedia)

My purpose: to lift your spirit and to motivate you.
If you don't get out among the people, how are you going to know what they need to hear about?
I won't wear rings and jewelry on the stage because I don't want you looking at my hands. I want you hearing what I'm saying.
Music is such a joy, just an absolute joy.
The kids today have these fresh faces. It's like they're on pins and needles, waiting to see what I'm going to do. They've never seen me. In the 1960s, those were hippies. They were wired up already. The kids today know me because I've worked with Jeff Tweedy and other young producers.