First Look: Mavis Staples Documentary

Who knew this was coming?

Sometimes it’s the story behind the music that draws ears even closer to the lyricism and peaks and valleys of one’s voice and musicality.

She has a voice that can sear your soul. More than chasing hits and thriving for the spotlight, the music of Mavis Staples and that of the Staples Singers, struck with purpose and created a soundtrack for the civil rights movement.

Long-time fans of Mavis and general lovers of music and the arts will now gain access to the story of the legendary singer when Mavis!, the documentary premieres at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in March.

Directed by Jessica Edwards, Mavis! documents the significance of the family focused group, the Staple Singers over the years with special attention to their music role during the civil rights movement.

Check out the trailer, HERE!

SXSW Festival takes place March 13-21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit