Mavis Staples: The Baby Daughter Is Still At It

“If you see a picture of me on a skateboard, you’ll know I’m 80.”

[caption id="attachment_225768" align="alignnone" width="768"] Photo courtesy ANTI- Records[/caption] Mavis Staples is as busy ever, and that’s exactly how she likes it. Between her duet with Hozier on his new single “Nina Cried Power,” her recent performance at the CMA's, and a fantastic new live album Live In London that showcases her recent work, the 79-year-old singer is grateful, reflective and in great spirits, despite a holiday season cold, when I called her up shortly after Thanksgiving to talk about her recent collaborations and upcoming projects. “I’ve been happy so many times this year,” she says, “ that you should start calling me ‘Happy.’” It was moving to see you singing your father’s song, “Friendship,” on the CMA stage. To be singing Pops’ song with Chris Stapleton and my friend Marty Stuart, Pops’ godson, that was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was nervous, but after hearing the crowd rise up for me, I said, “Aw shucks. I’m at home.” I never thought that I could get excited like that again. I watch the CMA’s all the time. I never dreamed I would have been standing on that stage. And that little girl, Maren Morris, that was…

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