first_imgIn this photo taken April 19, 2017, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Radio City Music Hall. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. (Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press) Advertisement Advertisement Franklin earned the soul in her voice through a life of emotional upheavals. Her mother passed away when she was 10. She had two sons before her 16th birthday, married for the first time at 19 and had two more sons before she turned 30. Love affairs came and went. Her influential father was shot and remained in a coma for years before he died. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter On Jan. 20, 2009, Franklin performed at the inauguration for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (The Associated Press) Raised in a household filled with music and activism, Franklin was a piano-playing, gospel-singing prodigy who went pro before she outgrew her teen years. A fully confident performer by her mid-20s, she thoroughly re-envisioned and transformed an already successful tune by Otis Redding — Respect — into a empowering anthem that catapulted her to international stardom and became her signature tune.‘The gift is just the beginning’“Being supremely gifted by God does not mean that there won’t be a lot of hard work involved. I think if anything, what I’ve learned from Aretha is that the gift is just the beginning. With how much respect you treat your gift depends how far you’ll go with it,” Brueggergosman noted. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Measha Brueggergosman calls Franklin “a feat of nature in terms of her vocal prowess and flexibility.’ (CBC) With a voice like a force of nature, undeniable swagger onstage and a decades-spanning career that encompassed multiple musical genres, Aretha Franklin indisputably lived up to the honorific she earned as a young artist: the Queen of Soul.Few musical performers have been as widely revered as Franklin, who died on Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. The depth of her talent, her professionalism and her dedication to music were just some of what made her shine, according to Canadians artists mourning her passing.“Aretha Franklin was not just a feat of nature in terms of her vocal prowess and flexibility and agility, but she had real musicianship, real power, when it came to deciding what musical direction a piece would take,” singer Measha Brueggergosman said in Halifax. Advertisementlast_img

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