Iconic vocalist Mavis Staples has announced she will release her 12th studio album, We Get By, on May 10 via ANTI-. The record was produced by Ben Harper, who also helped co-write the tracks.
Staples has also shared the album’s lead single, “Change,” which features the singer sharing thoughts of social justice over a swinging, dirty-blues guitar. “These songs are delivering such a strong message,” Staples says in a press release. “We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.”
The cover art of We Get By features a photo by late photographer and civil rights activist Gordon Parks titled “Outside Looking In,” which was part of Parks’ photo series on segregation in Life magazine called “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” In 2017, Staples received the Gordon Parks Foundation Award, which is given to those who continue Parks’ work today.
Staples will also be celebrating her 80th birthday this summer, and the singer will play three special shows around the release of her new album, at New York’s Apollo Theater (5/9), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (5/15) and Los Angeles’ Theatre at the Ace Hotel (5/22). The shows will see Staples teaming up with different special guests each night, with proceeds going to the Newport Folk Festivals Foundation’s music-education efforts in the host cities.