Posts Tagged ‘Mavis Staples’

Chicago Gospel Music Awards Honor Mavis Staples, Rev. Maceo Woods and Apostle Richard D Henton

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The second annuStaples 2al Chicago Gospel Music Awards will present lifetime achievement awards to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, Gospel luminaries Rev. Maceo Woods and Apostle Richard D. Henton in addition to honoring Chicago Gospel singers, songwriters and musicians in eleven categories on Friday, June 19th.

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Performances will come from Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs, Stellar Award winner Tiff Joy, Paul Porter, Chicago Mass Choir and a special performance by the Thompson Community Singers Reunion Choir with special presentations from BET host Dr. Bobby Jones, Bebe Winans and Maurette Brown Clark.

I’ll Take You There Tells Mavis Staples Story

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

TakeyouthereChicago Tribune music authority Greg Kot grants us insider access behind the music and into the lives of one of the premiere family groups in Gospel music as told through the lens and perspective of music icon Mavis Staples.    I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway tells the story of Roebuck Staples, his life in Mississippi and relocation to Chicago, the birth of his children and their use of singing as a daily family activity after Pops returned home from a long day of work.  Kot takes us on an open ended journey covering 60 years of music, beginning with Mavis’ recollections of their first performance as a group in their aunt’s church (where they had only prepared one song and sang it again as the encore) to their first recording session arranged by Evelyn Gay.  Pops bluesy guitar  coupled with their carefully woven harmonies would land them a deal with the Vee Jay label and take the group on to various travels on the Gospel highway as they are introduced to the music giants of the day including Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls,  Reverend CL Franklin and daughter Aretha,  Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan and many more.  Pops and the Staple Singers would befriend and have close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and their music would instill messages of hope and ignite passion and kindle the fire of the civil rights movement.

I’ll Take You There lives up to its title, taking us through the life changes and adjustments as the group grew in popularity, through the Gospel music years, transitioning into message music and the catapult into the heyday of the Stax and Muscle Shoals jubilee. We get to experience Pervis’ coming of age and leaving the group to pursue other interests including the management of the Hutchinson Sunbeams (who would go on to great success as the Emotions),  Mavis’ marriage proposal from Bob Dylan and her collaborations with Prince and Wilco’s Jeff Tweety, Pops’ Grammy win and BeBe and CeCe Winans pay homage to the group with the cover of I’ll Take You There.  Reading I’ll Take You There will engender a greater appreciation for the Staples and their sizable contributions to music and society as a whole.

Funeral Arrangements for Cleotha Staples

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Arrangements have been made for the services celebrating the life of Cleotha Staples (pictured on the left), founding member of the Staple Singers.  Viewing takes place Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619. The funeral services will be held on Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:00 AM at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60628. The burial will follow immediately at Oakwood Cemetery, 1035 E 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60680. Ms. Staples will be buried in the Staples family plot alongside her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples; her mother, Oceola Staples; and her sister, Cynthia Staples

Staple Singers’ Cleotha Staples Passes

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

GOSPELflava receiveStaplesd word of the passing of Cleotha Staples, founding member of the the legendary Staple Singers at the age of 78 in Chicago following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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42nd NAACP Image Awards Gospel Nominees

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The 2011 NAACP Image Awards were announced, congratulations to the following Gospel artist nominated in the Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) :

  • Gospel According To Jazz Chapter 3-  Kirk Whalum
  • Here I Am- Marvin Sapp
  • Just Love Deluxe- Brian Courtney Wilson
  • Master Plan- Tamela Mann
  • You Are Not Alone- Mavis Staples

Congratulations to Kirk Franklin for his book “The Blueprint: A Plan For Living Above Life’s Storm” being nominated for Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional.

The NAACP Image Awards airs March 4, 2011 at 8 p.m. on FOX!