Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

Highest Rated: 97% Mavis! (2015)

Lowest Rated: 19% Graffiti Bridge (1990)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1939

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

With a big, soulful voice that left audiences awestruck for several decades, the name Mavis Staples came to signify gospel music. Born in Philadelphia and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Staples's music career started in the early 1950s when she, her father, and three older siblings, began performing gospel songs at local churches throughout Chicago. They called themselves the Staple Singers, and by the late 1950s the family group had scored a recording contract, as well as a hit song, "Uncloudy Day." After a chance meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, the family devoted their act to more topical material, with songs like "March Up Freedom's Highway" and "It's A Long Walk to D.C." becoming anthems of the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to maintaining a regular touring schedule with her family, Staples also released several solo albums throughout her career, including the Grammy Award-winning You Are Not Alone. Although she had been nominated a few times prior, it was the 72-year-old singer's first Grammy, lending even further credence to her already cemented status as one of the most transformative voices in American popular music.

Highest rated movies

Graffiti Bridge




97% 65% Mavis! Self - 2015
19% 39% Graffiti Bridge Melody Cool (Character) $4.2M 1990
90% 90% Wattstax Unknown (Character) - 1973


No Score Yet 100% Austin City Limits Music Performer 2012 2020
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer 2018-2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer 2018-2019
No Score Yet 43% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2018
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose -- The Week Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet 87% Conan Music Performer 2011 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Music Performer,
2010 2012
No Score Yet 54% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1990