I mentioned in a previous post that Aretha Franklin is one of my all-time favorite singers. And I know itâ€™s not just me. Iâ€™m sure that a lot of people have been moved by her powerful, soulful voice and her beautiful songs. Ask female soul, gospel and R&B singers who their influences are and most of them will definitely mention her name.
Beginning her career as a Gospel singer, and then moving on to record pop, R&B, jazz, and soul, Arethaâ€™s mezzo-soprano was a really versatile gift. Even though the years have taken some of that away from her, she doesnâ€™t really need to prove anything at this point. Weâ€™re talking about The Queen of Soul here after all.
I mean, have you seen her performance at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors? A lot of audience members were moved to tears! She absolutely nailed it! Even her piano skills were on point!
While her voice doesnâ€™t have the range and power anymore, she can still sing really gorgeously like itâ€™s nobodyâ€™s business.
And now that sheâ€™s turning 74, I want to greet her a Happy Happy Birthday! I wish her great health, more blessings, and more years of music!