Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer/musician that was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee US. She was started in the year 1956 in which she is singing in church with her father, during that time she started gaining popularity and other gospel musicians like James Cleveland, Martin Luther King, Jr as well as Sam Cooke that was amazed on the talent she have. She received a prestigious honorary degree from the respected Harvard University as well as Honorary Doctorate from Princeton University and a lot more.
She started her career after her mother died, she begin singing in New Bethel and at the age of 14, her father stand as her manager during the Gospel Caravan. Later on, Aretha singed a recording contract with her first label J.V.B Records and released her first album called”Songs of Faith” on the year 1956. It was a live recording album held in New Bethel Baptist Church and it contains the songs “Precious Lord”, along with “There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood” and “You Grow closer”.
However, when she’s 18 she followed Sam Cooke which she had a hidden admiration to this man, she recorded 2 demo songs in which caught the attention of the Columbia records and later on she signed a recording contract with them. As her career goes by, she released lots of albums from 1967 to 1985 and it includes “Respect” in 1967, “Break it to me gently” in 1977. It was a big success to Aretha all the entire albums that she released and as she keeps going on his journey as a singer. She received the Grammy Award by Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and aside from that she was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom that was held in White House in 2005, she became the first female that was inaugurated in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Hollywood Walk of Fame and in GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Aretha was suffered on health problems due to gaining a lot of weight, smoking & alcoholism and she undergo to surgery to remove her tumor. After she got feeling well, she performed in 2013 Christmas concert as her come back performance. Aretha also appeared in films including in Blues Brothers in 1980 and 1998 and a documentary films like “Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones” and “the Zen of Bennett”.
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