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Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was a Memphis, Tennessee born and Detroit, Michigan reared American iconic gospel, soul, and R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. Many have called her "The Queen Of Soul" and "Lady Soul".
She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings (on many, of which, she accompanied herself on keyboards and piano, a skill she learned at an early age, learning to play by ear, according to lifetime friend Smokey Robinson) but was also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, and gospel. Read more on Last.fm
UK fans! Don’t miss a special preview screening of the concert film critics are calling "incredible" (The Telegraph). #AmazingGrace screens at London’s Union Chapel May 8th + a special live performance from gospel choir @ShalomChorale- book your tickets now: www.seetickets.com/tour/aretha-franklin-in-amazing-grace (and don’t miss it in US cinemas now: US booking link)
Apr 29, 2019
Writer Susan Whitall and editor Felecia D. Henderson picked up a First Place award for Best Spot News Coverage at the Michigan APME (Associated Press Media Editors) awards in Lansing Sunday for the Detroit News’ package of stories about Aretha Franklin that ran on the day she died last August. Susan was the lead writer, and had been working on the package for some time. Included was a narrative of Aretha’s life, a list of her essential songs, a timeline of her life and career, a personal essay by Susan, a story about Rev. C.L. Franklin and the Franklin family and many photos.
Susan: “It was a team effort with Adam Graham, Melody Malosh, Oralandar Brand-williams, Detroit News Photo and Design all adding to the package. Felecia Henderson got the whole thing in motion, edited everything and kept us on track. Doing right by Aretha meant a lot personally to us, because we had a relationship with her--not just me, too, Aretha had a relationship with the paper. Just a few months before she died, she called the newsroom and chatted with editor Vince McCraw (who recognized her voice) about changing her subscription to her Riverfront apartment. She often called, for one reason or another. She was one of our most avid (and critical) readers, and we loved her for it.”
Apr 20, 2019
On This Good Friday: Brenda Franklin-Corbett, Aretha's cousin, affectionately known as Cousin Brenda with the one and only Richard Smallwood, who ministered today at Triumph Church in Detroit. Cousin Brenda toured with Aretha for more than 50 years. Richard is like family to The Franklins. He loves Aretha; and Aretha loved Richard. In fact, Richard saw "Amazing Grace" three times and counting. #AmazingGrace is open in theaters across the country. For locations and time listings, please visit http://amazing-grace-movie.com. Happy Easter!
Aretha Franklin was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize (Special Citation). She is the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Aretha is still opening doors for women in her death. Since 1944 (75 years to date), only 13 people have received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (so this is not presented annually). Other recipients of the Special Citation includes Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Ray Bradbury, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Apr 11, 2019
GREAT NEWS: "Amazing Grace" expands to 15 cities tomorrow, April 12th before its wide release on April 19th.
Tomorrow, April 5th, “Amazing Grace” opens in New York City and Los Angeles. Check out the entrance of the Angelika Film Center in New York City. Other locations in NYC includes Regal (E-Walk 13), AMC (Lincoln Square 13), and Cinemas (1, 2, and 3). In Los Angeles, the locations are AMC (Burbank 16), Pacific ArcLight Hollywood), Cinmrk (Baldwin Hills 15), and The Landmark 12 (West Los Angeles). “Amazing Grace” opens wide on April 19th (Easter Weekend).
AMAZING GRACE: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is now available on vinyl for the first time ever! The set includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of her transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972. Also available as a 2CD set and digitally, get your copy today: https://rhino.lnk.to/AmazingGrace
AMAZING GRACE was Aretha Franklin’s biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time. AMAZING GRACE: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS will be available on March 22, just three days before Franklin’s birthday. On vinyl for the first time, the beautiful set includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of her transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972. Also available as a 2CD set and digitally, pre-order your copy here: https://rhino.lnk.to/AmazingGrace