Mavis Staples’ new album Livin’ on a High Note features songs written by Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, and more

Listen to the first offering, the feel-good "High Note"

Mavis Staples // Photo by Ben Kaye

Photo by Ben Kaye

Next month, Mavis Staples will put out a brand new album called Livin’ on a High Note. The ANTI- Records release follows last year’s Your Good Fortune EP and features 12 songs penned specifically for the gospel icon by the likes of Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, M. Ward, tUnE-yArds, Benjamin Booker, and The Head and the Heart.

Livin’ on a High Note was produced by Ward, as opposed to Staples’ two previous full-lengths, 2013’s One True Vine and 2010’s You Are Not Alone, which were overseen by Jeff Tweedy.

Ahead of the record’s February 19th street date, Staples has unveiled the soulful, feel-good number “High Note”, which was written by Memphis folk/blues songwriter Valerie June. Stream it below.

In related news, the Staples documentary Mavis! is set to air on HBO on February 29th.

Livin’ on a High Note Artwork:

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Livin’ on a High Note Tracklist:
01. Take Us Back (Benjamin Booker)
02. Love and Trust (Ben Harper)
03. If It’s a Light (The Head and the Heart)
04. Action (tUnE-yArds)
05. High Note (Valerie June)
06. Don’t Cry (M. Ward)
07. Tomorrow (Aloe Blacc/John Batiste)
08. Dedicated (Justin Vernon/M.Ward)
09. History Now (Neko Case)
10. One Love (Son Little)
11. Jesus Lay Down Beside Me (Nick Cave)
12. MLK Song (M. Ward / Martin Luther King)