Mavis Staples teams up with Nick Cave and Bon Iver on new album – hear first track now

Tune-Yards, Aloe Blacc and Benjamin Booker also pen songs for 'Livin On A High Note'

Nick Cave, Bon Iver and Aloe Blacc have written tracks for Mavis Staples’ forthcoming album ‘Livin’ On A High Note’.

The LP, which is due out on February 19, features 12 songs written specifically for the gospel icon by a host of guest artists. The list of contributors also includes Tune-Yards and Benjamin Booker.

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

“I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new,” Mavis explains. “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.”

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.”

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.