Listen to new Mavis Staples music written by Nick Cave and tUnE-yArDs

The streams to be followed by imminent album and film release

Soul singer Mavis Staples has teased new music from her forthcoming album on her Soundcloud.

Mavis Staples’ new M. Ward-produced (Bon Iver) album ‘Livin’ on a High Note’ is due for release on February 19 via Anti- Records,. The new album mostly features songs written specifically by other songwriters for Mavis to sing.


The singer teamed up with Nick Cave for ‘Jesus Lay Down’ and band tUnE-yArDs writing ‘Action’, whilst further contributions have also come in from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and M.Ward. The release follows on from Staples’ ‘Good Fortune’ EP last year.


You can listen to Cave and yArDs’ contributions below.

Read more: Mavis Staples teams up with Nick and Bon iver on new album – hear first track now

Previously, the soul singer had also posted ‘High Note’, a song penned by Valerie June, from the album. You can listen to that track below.

She continued: “They gave me that feeling of, ‘Hey, I can hang! I can still do this’. There’s a variety, and it makes me feel refreshed and brand new. I’m just so grateful. I must be the happiest old girl in the world.”


“I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new,” Mavis explained of ‘High Note’. “I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I’m so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I’m always telling a part of history that brought us down and I’m trying to bring us back up.”

The tracklist for ‘Livin’ On A High Note’ is:

‘Take Us Back’ (Benjamin Booker)
‘Love And Trust’ (Ben Harper)
‘If It’s A Light’ (The Head and the Heart)
‘Action’ (tUnE-yArds)
‘High Note’ (Valerie June)
‘Don’t Cry’ (M. Ward)
‘Tomorrow’ (Aloe Blacc/John Batiste)
‘Dedicated’ (Justin Vernon/M.Ward)
‘History Now’ (Neko Case)
‘One Love’ (Son Little)
‘Jesus Lay Down Beside Me’ (Nick Cave)
‘MLK Song’ (M. Ward / Martin Luther King)

HBO are also set to air a documentary about Staples entitled Mavis!, in the US on February 29. You can view the trailer below.

Mavis! – Documentary Trailer from Film First on Vimeo.

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