The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has announced that she will be retiring from music to spend more time with her grandchildren.
She will record one more album with Stevie Wonder before she retires.
The Soul legend, Aretha Franklin has announced that she will record one final album with Stevie Wonder and will then from music in order to spend more time with her grandchildren.
The Soul singer told Detroit TV station: “I must tell you, I am retiring this year.” She continued to say that she felt “exuberant” about her plans. Looking back on her career, she had said: “I feel very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now.”
Despite her retirement, she said that she would remain open to “some select things, man one a month, for six months out of the year.”
“I’ll be pretty much satisfied but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”
Aretha Franklin’s hit songs included ‘Respect’ and ‘Dr. Feelgood.’ During her career, she had more than 20 number one singles in the US, she was the first woman included in the Tock and Roll Hall of Fame, she won a Grammy for best R&B vocal performance eight times in a row from 1968 till 1975, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2005.
Franklin was born in Memphis, tutored from a very young age by stars such as Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, and started performing when she was 19. After her record with Atlantic Records in 1966, she created her most “soulful and fiery performances” which led to her fame.