A tribute to the The Queen of Soul… In loving memory of Aretha Franklin
Dear Music Family,
How are you feeling after the recent loss of Our Queen Aretha Franklin? I hope you’re all feeling the goodness she left us. I’ve been channeling all my energy into feeling grateful for her voice and her spirit. She meant a lot to me, too, and I’d like to share my thoughts with you about what she’s meant to me.
The moment my Mother dropped the needle on an Aretha Franklin album and “Spanish Harlem” began to play, I had a soul shaking, earth moving awakening! It was the moment I knew I wanted to be a singer. As a 5 year old, I was unaware of the impact this amazing voice would have on me and as it turned out, on the world.
Aretha’s voice was truly out of this world and a benchmark for vocalists all over the world. No genre was off limits! Jazz, Gospel, Soul, Rock, Pop… even Operatic Arias were no match for this formidable woman and her endless range.
With the recent news of Aretha’s passing, it felt like the right thing to honour a woman who has touched the hearts of so many people. I’ve asked my good friend and Soul Sister to join me as my very special guest. Janine Maunder has a voice to be reckoned with and her love and affection for Aretha is obvious when you hear her sing.
Aretha has been more than just a page in Janine’s songbook of life and in mine, too. Please join us in remembering the Queen of Soul on 12 October at The Fyrefly.
If any of you would like to share your remembrances of Aretha on the night, we would love to hear from you, too. Please come and share this celebration with us.
All Hail Queen Aretha!!!