This was recorded in January 2022 in West Point, MS, when Edward, R.C., and Annie of the original Staples Jr. Singers gathered with a few younger family members at a house of worship to perform some of their early songs—including from 1975’s When Do We Get Paid—for the first time in 50 years.
With GRAY, the Staples Jr. Singers made a 12-inch EP out of that performance—and now we’ve made a limited version, too, because this music is too significant in the history of this family not to share it with you.
We’re calling it Tell Heaven. If you have a chance, we hope you’ll listen to it.
Edward Brown, vocals
Annie Brown Caldwell, vocals
R.C. Brown, guitar and vocals
Troy Brown, vocals
Willie Joe Caldwell, guitar
Willie Caldwell Jr., bass
Jaylin Brown, drums
Produced and recorded by Abel Caldwell
Mixed by Ray Lynch
Mastered by Darren Golda
Designed by Paul “diddy wah” Diddy
Institutional voice by Eliza Grace Martin
Produced by Yale Evelev and Eric Welles-Nyström
Recorded on location at The Message Center in West Point, Mississippi, January 8, 2022.
Special thanks to Romi Crawford and the Richard Gray Gallery family, Daniel Fox, Maura James McNamara, Madeleine Sturma, and the Brown and Caldwell families.