Aretha Louise Franklin-Respect
Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind a musical legacy the entire world will never forget.
Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942 to the Reverend Clarence LaVaughn & Barbara Siggers Franklin.
Without knowing how to read music, she became a self-taught pianist resulting in 44 Grammy Nominations and 18 wins.
Although she was a high school dropout, Aretha received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, became an inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, and the Apollo Theater Legends Walk of Fame.
The Legendary “Queen of Soul” also performed at three inaugural events for U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Here are 3 New Quotes from Aretha Franklin’s Latest Interviews
I love to sing. It’s just a natural thing for me.
Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me.
People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you. And just don’t let that go to your head, whatever it is they give you.
Aretha’s 3 Quotes About Church
I was in my dad’s church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was ‘Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.’
I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.
Let’s start with the church. As you know, it’s my background, it’s a natural setting for me and it’s definitely my roots.
2 of Franklin’s Quotes About Jesus
The milk of kindness flows through my body, I shall follow Jesus to the Taco Bell and give thanks.
My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left . . . I’m gonna make a gospel record and tell Jesus I cannot bear these burdens alone.
…the people at large absolutely gave James Brown respect. He was an original like a Rembrandt or a Picasso
I’ve always felt that rock & roll was very, very wholesome.
R&B is not a fad; it’s the truth.
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.
Being the Queen is not all about singing and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.
I remember singing around the house to records that were playing. All kinds of music. And the great James Cleveland was often in our house, and I grew up with his sound as well.
Aretha Franklin: Quotes About Soul
If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about.
Soul is a constant. It’s cultural. It’s always going to be there, in different flavors and degrees.
Judy Garland is a singer with a capital S. And talk about soul. This woman was soul personified. Judy Garland is a class by herself.