Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all.
"Every time one of her songs comes on, everyone sings along, everyone knows the lyrics and. her songs give you that power, like that confidence to step out into the world and to feel, as a woman and as a black woman, like, that you are handsome and that you can do it", said Chelsea Monroe, 29. The singer known as the Queen of Soul was one of the most celebrated artists in music and left an indelible impression on a variety of genres.
Franklin announced her partial retirement previous year, most recently performing in November at Sir Elton John's Aids Foundation's 25th anniversary gala in NY.
Here is part of that conversation.
They have said funeral arrangements will be announced "in the coming days". She worked for me on numerous occasions.
Lady Gaga also took to her Twitter to mourn the queen.
Pop superstar Ariana Grande, meanwhile, shared a gif of Franklin singing in her younger years.
Both my parents were musicians and my father was a well loved jazz musician here in Detroit. "He said if that's what I wanted to do, he thought it would be OK, so I went out for a number of dates with Dr. King. So where is the gig Dad?"
So was that like walking into the house for the first time? You know, children and adults alike. There will never be another woman as phenomenal as her which is why it's not surprising that celebrities are mourning the loss publicly.
"I'm just devastated. I cried all day". She, too, has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as Barack Obama.
Last year, the multiple Grammy award victor announced her plans to retire. What was that call like? We got information that Gulf, you could use the bathrooms there. "They have to listen to me".
And she said, "This is Aretha". "@BarackObama and I are holding Aretha's family in our hearts right now". "It certainly was not what I was used to or accustomed to in Detroit", said Franklin.
So I pulled over and she said "I want you to come on the road with me and do some shows". The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range.
There was only one time really that was truly affected and it was an interesting night. It became a rallying cry for women's rights and the civil rights movement. Before retiring from performing, however, she had asked audience members to keep her in their prayers.
It was also Aretha's last ever number one single in the USA and the UK.
American soul singer Aretha Franklin. "In a lot of ways her music, her voice has been the soundtrack of my life". "I just know she had on a green coat". What is it about losing her that is so powerful? Neither, for the record, implied that she was ever an employee. Legendary music. Music that you don't really hear today. For her book, Franklin collaborated with writer David Ritz, who would later go on to pen an unauthorized biography about the musical icon.
Written by Sarah Jackson with files from CBC News.
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