Grooming: Camille Thompson using M.A.C Cosmetics / Styled by Max Ryder / Mavis wears a necklace by Kate Spade, ring by Metal Pointus and bracelets by Marc by Marc Jacobs.
It's hard to tell the difference between when Mavis Staples is singing and when Mavis Staples is speaking. For Staples, who's been performing gospel and soul classics like "I'll Take You There" and the post-civil rights movement anthem "Respect Yourself" with her family band, The Staple Singers, for 65 years, singing and speaking make up equal parts of a conversation. Staples frequently transitions from describing the musicians she's worked with throughout her career -- including Curtis Mayfield, Prince ("He was super shy. All he did was roll his big eyes and smile.") and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (who produced her latest album One True Vine, out June 25th, as well as 2010's Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone) -- to a cappella renditions of "A House Is Not a Home"and "I Like the Things About Me," an old song by her father, the late Roebuck "Pops" Staples. This song is included on One True Vine. "I always try to get one of my father's songs on each CD," she says.