Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. A talented pianist with a powerful voice, Ms. Franklin is considered one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. She achieved commercial acclaim and success with such songs as “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Spanish Harlem.”
The recipient of many accolades—among them 18 Grammy Awards and 112 charted hits—she also earned the “Queen of Soul” title and stood as a symbol of black empowerment during the Civil Rights Movement.
One of the truly amazing voices of our time!
My favorite quotations from Aretha Franklin:
I sing to the realists. People who accept it like it is.
Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, it’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.
Never take the music for granted…whether you have a hit or not.
Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.
People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you.
It really is an honor if I can be inspirational to a younger singer or person. It means I’ve done my job.
My faith always has been and always will be important to me.
Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.
Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.
My favorite song …