When it comes to telling stories through song, nobody does it better than Mavis Staples. It could be because, at 80-years-old, Staples has lived through some pretty intense lows, as well as many really pivotal highs. 

Using experiences to inspire her music, Staples has appeared on Top 40 charts and was a prominent voice during the civil rights movement, with songs like like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” and continues to uplift listeners with her most recent album, which specifically addresses racism in America. Through songs, Staples hopes to help change the world. The soulful singer can't be pinned to one genre, and has collaborated with a variety of other artists, including Hozier, Gorillaz, Bon Iver, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Staples' incredibly raw talented landed her inductions into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.

The iconic Mavis Staples will take The Lincoln Center stage at 7:30 p.m. on January 20. Tickets start at Tickets start at $20 and are available at LCTix.com.