*Mavis Staples is that one name the music business cannot but show reverence to.
The singer has been a pillar in the gospel world for more than 50 years, making her name foremost in spirituals, but continually putting her stamp on the folk and pop rock worlds thanks to her work with artists as varied as Bob Dylan and Prince.
The powerhouse singer’s latest album, the Grammy-nominated “You Are Not Alone,” now finds her working with the undisputed king of the alternative rock scene, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.
The resulting record is a collection of originals written by Tweedy and covers of songs by such blues and soul icons as Allan Toussaint and Little Milton, and pop master craftsmen Randy Newman and John Fogerty. All are united by that heavy, layered Wilco tinge, but with Staples’s powerful voice at the forefront.
“I wanted to make an album where every song had meaning,” said Staples, who brings her golden voice to the Bell House on Jan. 18. “Where every song told a story and would lift you up and give you a reason to get up in the morning. And I know it’s going to feel really good singing these songs on stage.”
Catch her at the Bell House in Brooklyn [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Jan. 18 at 7 pm. Tickets $35 in advance. For info, visit www.thebellhouseny.com.