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9to5People

Why doesn't Mavis Staples sing any songs by Prince in concert

Around about 1994/5 Mavis stopped singing any songs written by prince in concert. does anyone have any idea why?
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Reply #1 posted 04/06/20 10:23am

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9to5People said:

Around about 1994/5 Mavis stopped singing any songs written by prince in concert. does anyone have any idea why?


I understand that she had an issue with Prince's Jehovah's Witness faith being a more traditional Christian herself. JWs deny the trinity and that Jesus was literally God, which bothers some members of Christendom.
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Reply #2 posted 04/06/20 11:02am

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OperatingThetan said:

9to5People said:
Around about 1994/5 Mavis stopped singing any songs written by prince in concert. does anyone have any idea why?
I understand that she had an issue with Prince's Jehovah's Witness faith being a more traditional Christian herself. JWs deny the trinity and that Jesus was literally God, which bothers some members of Christendom.

I wasn't aware of that since she seemed to have only praise for him, did she say that specifically in an interview?

I was not sure but my impression was indeed that she didn't sing P material too much these days, but I just assumed she just didn't select P's songs because all things considered her 2 albums with him are not a very significant moment in her career. From her old Staple Singers glory to the very dynamic recording career she's had with the Anti- label for the last decade or so, she has a HUGE catalogue of songs at her disposal, and I would simply assume the 15 songs Prince gave her don't matter to her and her own fanbase the way they matter to us.

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Reply #3 posted 04/06/20 8:11pm

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I sort of thought it was the 2 albums she made with Prince weren't that important in her catalogue, but maybe she'd throw one song in nowadays as a tribute, and acknowledgement that although the albums they made together aren't that relevant he did introduce her to a different generation of fans.

I last saw her in Sydney just before the world shut down, and someone in the crowd shouted out some reference to prince (it wasn't me btw, lol).

That said she also didn't sing 'I'll take you there' which really surprised me. She was great in concert as usual, what a voice!
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Reply #4 posted 04/08/20 11:17am

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Didn't she sing something with the Revolution some months back?

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Reply #5 posted 04/09/20 11:11am

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Because she's Mavis Staples, not Apollonia.

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Reply #6 posted 04/15/20 4:43am

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BlaqueKnight said:

Because she's Mavis Staples, not Apollonia.


lololol

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Reply #7 posted 04/17/20 3:27am

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BlaqueKnight said:

Because she's Mavis Staples, not Apollonia.

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Reply #8 posted 04/18/20 9:05pm

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BlaqueKnight said:

Because she's Mavis Staples, not Apollonia.



This. lol
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Reply #9 posted 04/21/20 12:01am

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That was NOT a shot at Miss Apples.

Its just that...ITS MAVIS STAPLES, DAMNIT!!!

Learn yo muisc history! She is legend!

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Reply #10 posted 04/21/20 7:15am

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Why would she sing PRINCE songs she has never done that prior, she has done her own work with him but let's be real those are long forgotten and I doubt what her fans coming to a show want to hear, songs tha never went anywhere.


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Reply #11 posted 04/21/20 11:04am

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BlaqueKnight said:

Because she's Mavis Staples, not Apollonia.




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Reply #12 posted 04/21/20 11:39am

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BlaqueKnight said:

That was NOT a shot at Miss Apples.

Its just that...ITS MAVIS STAPLES, DAMNIT!!!

Learn yo muisc history! She is legend!

Word.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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