Singing Gospel to a successful commercial singer! Aretha Franklin’s career journey and the proposed her life’s biopic!

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Aretha Franklin is an American legendary singer who has been named as the Queen of Soul. There is a biopic to be made on her life and during the pre-Grammy Party, Clive Davis told the audience that Oscar and Grammy award winner Jennifer Hudson would be playing the role of the Queen of Soul. It was Aretha who had chosen Jennifer to play her part, it is said. Hudson had concluded the party’s singing performance. It would definitely be a difficult task to squeeze her ‘larger than life’ life spanning over 6 decades into a film.

Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin(Source: Deadline)

The film would be financed by MGM and produced by Straight Outta Compton‘s Scott Bernstein and music producer Harvey Mason Jr. Harvey has worked closely with Aretha on music.

Aretha’s early years and gospel singing

Aretha Franklin was born on 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father C. L. Franklin was a preacher from Shelby, Mississippi and her mother Barbara was a vocalist and a pianist. She had three other siblings and also half-siblings from both parents outside of the marriage. At Franklin’s age 2, the family shifted to Buffalo, NY. And during her year 5, they moved to Detroit, Michigan. In 1948, her parents separated and her mother Barbara moved back to NY. But mother Barbara did still take care of Aretha and her siblings until her death in 1952.

Aretha’s birthplace in Memphis(Source: Wikipedia)

Aretha and other children were cared for by different women relatives in turns. She soon learned to play the piano. His father’s fame in sermons made little Aretha come in contact with many gospel singers.

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Aretha’s career

Aretha was already singing gospels at local churches. At the age of 14, she joined her father in his gospel caravan tours. In 1956, Aretha’s first album called Songs of Faith was released. At her age 18, Aretha was signed by Columbia Records and her first single with them made it to the Hot Rhythm and Blues Sellers Charts. Her first album with them soon followed in 1961. With more hit singles coming the same year, Aretha was named ‘new-star female vocalist’.

In 1964, more of her pop songs were released. She also was performing in theaters and nightclubs and also got chance to appear on various TV shows. After signing with Atlantic Records in 1966, her single released with them shot to position one on the R&B chart. Her debut album with Atlantic titled I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You was a commercial success. Her career continued to shine and in 1980, she signed with Clive Davis’ Arista Records and also in 1980 performed at the Royal Albert Hall in front of Queen Elizabeth.

There were more singles and albums and most of them were commercial hits. She had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also has multiple other honors and awards to her credit. This Queen of Souls continues to charm her audience with her soulful music and now a film on her life which is rightly deserved. Aretha had once said:

“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.”

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Her relationships

She had a crush on Sam Cooke. If we look at her relationships, Aretha became pregnant at the age of 12. The child named Clarence was the result of her relationship with Donald Burk, her schoolmate. In 1957 when she was just 14, she had another child named Edward with Edward Jordan. She married Ted White in 1961 against her father’s wish. She was subjected to domestic violence and divorced him in 1969. Her third child Ted White Jr. was born in 1964.

Aretha with Willie Wilkerson(Source: Wikipedia)

She married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 and mothered his three children from a previous marriage. But separation took place for the couple in 1982 and divorce was completed in 1984. She had a long-term association with Willie Wilkerson but in spite of 2-3 engagements, they could not walk down the aisle.

Aretha’s  Death

On August 16, 2018, aged 76, she died due to  pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Her ex-husband, close friends and family were all present on her death bed.

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