Mavis Staples may be 80-years-old, but her music career has hardly slowed down. Last year, she released the album We Get By, and today she shares a new song “All In It Together,” an optimistic tune meant to encourage camaraderie in the face of the global pandemic. Her frequent collaborator, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, co-wrote the song.
The song meant to advocate for looking out for others during this uncertain time, as it was released as a fundraiser for My Block, My Hood, My City, a Chicago non-profit that is helping out the elderly who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Also featured on the track are Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and vocalist Kelly Hogan.
“The song speaks to what we’re going through now — everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not,” said Staples in a statement. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are, where you live… It can still touch you. It’s hit so many people in our country and around the world in such a horrible way, and I just hope this song can bring a little light to the darkness. We will get through this, but we’re going to have to do it together. If this song is able to bring any happiness or relief to anyone out there in even the smallest way, I wanted to make sure that I helped to do that.”
Listen to the song “All In It Together” below, and listen to a 1994 recording of Mavis Staples performing “Blood Is Thicker Than Time” from the Paste archives.