Have a Little Faith

Have a Little Faith

by Mavis StaplesMavis Staples


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Vocalist Mavis Staples was embedded in the sound of the '60s gospel-pop group the Staple Singers, led by her father, Pops Staples. Though she made good albums for Stax in the '60s and, more recently, CDs under the wing of Prince, Staples has not gotten the recognition she deserves. Today you can find her on tribute CDs -- Johnny's Blues: A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan(on which she sings a duet with Dylan) -- and soundtracks. But it is Staples' debut on Alligator Records, Have a Little Faith,that presents the totality of the singer. While nothing strays far from the leanness and consciousness-raising songs of the Staple Singers, Mavis makes each song her own by effortlessly pouring her whole talent into every note. She is bluesy, more uptown than Koko Taylor but rootsier than Etta James, on “I Still Believe in You”; a pop diva on the song that tells her dad’s story, “Pop’s Recipe”; and quite countrified on “The End of the Day.” Standouts are Staples’ funked-up acoustic versions of two traditional tunes, “One Kind Favor” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Have a Little Faith brings Staples into the present with its fine production qualities and her for-all-times talent. Hopefully, a lot of people will be listening.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551489924
catalogNumber: 4899
Rank: 31835


  1. Step into the Light
  2. Pops Recipe
  3. Have a Little Faith
  4. God Is Not Sleeping
  5. A Dying Man's Plea
  6. Ain't No Better Than You
  7. I Wanna Thank You
  8. I Still Believe in You
  9. At the End of the Day
  10. There's a Devil on the Loose
  11. In Times Like These
  12. Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mavis Staples   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Martyn   Guitar
Jessy Dixon   Choir, Chorus
Lew London   Slide Guitar
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals
Homesick James Williamson   Background Vocals
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Electric Guitar
Tim Austin   Drums
Paul Bennett   Choir, Chorus
Shawn Christopher   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Will Crosby   Guitar
Theresa Davis   Choir, Chorus
Paris Delane   Choir, Chorus
Cindy Fee   Choir, Chorus
Cherryl Fonfara   Choir, Chorus
Lee Fuller   Choir, Chorus
Sheila Fuller   Choir, Chorus
Richard Gibbs   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
John Giblin   Bass,Electric Guitar
Steve Grisette   Choir, Chorus
Hank (Henry Dog) Guaglianone   Drums
Bonnie Herman   Choir, Chorus
Sam Hogan   Choir, Chorus
Bob Lizik   Bass
Arno Lucas   Background Vocals
David Onderdonk   Acoustic Guitar
David Resnik   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Bill Ruppert   Electric Guitar
Johnny Rutledge   Choir, Chorus
Ken Saydak   Choir, Chorus
Erik Scott   Bass
John Scully   Synthesizer,Strings
Mark Skyer   Electric Guitar
Ira Tucker   Background Vocals
Jim Tullio   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Tremolo)
Mark Walker   Percussion,Drums
Jim Weider   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Cheryl Wilson   Choir Director
Larry Beers   Drums
Greg Marsh   Percussion
Jeff Morrow   Choir Director
John Rice   Bouzouki,Dobro,Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Paul Mertens   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Stevie Robinson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Vicki Hubly   Choir, Chorus
Kathy Sparrenberger   Choir, Chorus
Judy Story   Choir, Chorus
Paul Langford   Choir, Chorus
Robert Bruce Landis   Choir, Chorus
Maurice Houston   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alan Berliant   Bass
Jonathan Roberts   Choir, Chorus
Kat Parsons   Choir, Chorus
William Bright   Background Vocals
Foley McCreary   Bass
Lyndon Jones   Background Vocals
Rob Leonard   Background Vocals
Derrick Procell   Choir, Chorus
Chris "Hambone" Cameron   Hammond Organ,Baritone Saxophone,Choir, Chorus,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Sandra Ausley   Choir, Chorus
David Baar   Choir, Chorus
Ronnell Brooks   Choir, Chorus
Diann Burns   Choir, Chorus
Marissa Cameron   Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Cameron   Choir, Chorus
Jack Chatman   Bass
Laura Foreman   Choir, Chorus
Kimberly Ann Franklin   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Frazier   Choir, Chorus
Bartley Fritzsche   Choir, Chorus
Brandy Horton   Choir, Chorus
Issac Hubbert   Choir, Chorus
Olivia Kellman   Choir, Chorus
Sean McCurtis   Choir, Chorus
Rene Monahan   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Veronique Porter   Choir, Chorus
Tatiana Roberts   Choir, Chorus
Jarred Rutledge   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Rutledge   Choir, Chorus
Michael Scott   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Levi Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Sigourney Tanner   Choir, Chorus
Byron Willis   Choir, Chorus
Taylor Yachtman   Choir, Chorus
Josie Falbo   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Arranger,Composer
Randy Friel   Engineer
John Giblin   Engineer
Mavis Staples   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Jim Tullio   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brenda Burns   Composer
Doug McBride   Engineer
Dave Hoekstra   Liner Notes
Maurice Houston   Engineer
Foley McCreary   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger   Engineer
Chris "Hambone" Cameron   Engineer,Horn Samples

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