Renowned R&B, soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples is on a roll. After 60 years in the business, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient picked up her first regular Grammy Award this year.

The Chicago-born Staples won in the Americana category for her 2012 album “You Are Not Alone”; in the past decade, she has been nominated in blues, gospel, folk and pop categories, as well. Rolling Stone magazine, which has listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, has called her the most underrated diva of the century, but Staples is taking the 21st century in stride. Her latest album, “One True Vine,” produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, was released just last month.

Staples, who also performed during the Grammy Award Ceremony, calls Southside Chicago home when she is not on the road. She began her career at age 11, singing with the family band led by her father, pioneering guitarist Roebuck “Pops” Staples. The Staples scored a hit in 1956 with "Uncloudy Day" for the Vee-Jay label and hit the road a year later, when Mavis graduated from high school. The band, which including Mavis’ siblings Cleotha, Yvonne and Purvis, were called God's Greatest Hitmakers. “Pops” was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and by the mid-1960s, the Staples had become aligned with the Civil Rights Movement, covering contemporary pop hits including Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth."

They were signed to Stax Records in 1968 and, as the Staple Singers, hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including No. 1 singles "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again"; and the No. 2 single "Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas?" Mavis’ solo career in the late ‘60s got a slow start but has produced a number of acclaimed albums including “The Voice,” which People magazine named one of the Top Ten Albums of 1993.

Her voice has been sampled by some of the biggest selling hip-hop artists including Salt 'N' Pepa, Ice Cube and Ludacris; and recorded with a wide variety of musicians, from her friend Bob Dylan (with whom she was nominated for a 2003 Grammy in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category), to The Band, Ray Charles, Nona Hendryx, George Jones, Natalie Merchant, Ann Peebles and Delbert McClinton. She provided vocals for current albums by Los Lobos and Dr. John and appears on tribute albums to such artists as Johnny Paycheck, Stephen Foster and Bob Dylan.

In addition to her singing and activism, Staples has appeared in many films and television shows including “The Last Waltz,” “Graffiti Bridge,” “Wattstax,” “New York Undercover,” “Soul Train,” “Soul to Soul,” “The Psychiatrist” and “The Cosby Show.” Last month, she performed songs from “One True Vine” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as part of the tour that brings her to Rockland.