The beloved Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has passed surrounded by family and friends on August 16th, 2018. Thank you for the irreplaceable love and power that you’ve given us over the last 60+ years. There will never be another Aretha and there will always be her legacy.
Life of Aretha Franklin (A very short version)
Born in 1942 in Memphis, growing up in Detroit, Aretha began singing in churches as a young girl, under the watch and guidance of her loving, revered minister father and living around jazz and gospel greats like Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke or Clara Ward. Music was a big part of her life from the very beginning and she was one of the few blueswomen to have a good, if not happy, childhood.
In the early sixties, Aretha left for New York, signed with Columbia Records, and was excited to enter the big time. Those years were the time of experimenting with style, gaining experience and becoming familiar with the world. In the late sixties Aretha moved from old jazz standards and fickle pop songs with Columbia to the Soul music with Atlantic Records. This was a great time for her and for the music itself as its borders were expanding. Her music was raw, energized and sincere. Atlantic gave Franklin the freedom to express herself more and understood it better.
Between 1950 and 1970 black women gained freedom and strength as never before and Aretha Franklin was on the front line of empowering women and civil rights movement with her music and support of leaders such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and many others. Franklin had pushed the boundaries of freedom further by recording albums, winning 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins, playing a part in movies such as “The Blues Brothers”, performing for the U.S. presidents, recording with the Rock’n’Roll greats like the Beatles and Rolling Stones and becoming a true and always shining Queen of Soul.
No other female blues queen was able to achieve as much as Franklin did throughout her career and today, we send a prayer asking Lord to answer it and keep out beloved Aretha Franklin away from pain, suffering and her family away from sorrow.