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Mavis Staples streams High Note

Mavis Staples has streamed her track High Note, taken from upcoming album Livin’ On A High Note.

It features songs written for her by Nick Cave, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon and others. High Note was composed by Valerie June.

Staples said recently: “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. I’m trying to bring us back up.”

Livin’ On A High Note is released on February 19 via Anti- Records, while documentary film Mavis! will be broadcast on US network HBO on February 29.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.