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Aretha Franklin Begins Recording New Album In Detroit

DETROIT – The Queen of Soul is back in the recording studio, and she invited Local 4 cameras inside. Aretha Franklin is teaming up with Stevie Wonder for her brand-new album, which is being recorded in Detroit.

… In addition to “Mary, Did You Know?” the album will include “What’s Going On?” which includes Aretha’s son, Eddie Franklin, as a backup singer. The album is scheduled to be released in September, Franklin said.

Franklin said, along with an array of other producers, “I’ll be producing and writing myself. I haven’t done that in a long time. It’s just going to be me and my piano on some things.”

Read more at WDIV.

Aretha Franklin Made ‘Respect’ A Feminist Anthem – NPR

Aretha Franklin in 1968

On this day 50 years ago, a little-known gospel singer from Detroit went into a New York City recording studio to try to jump-start her career. No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine’s Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all time.

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Aretha Franklin To Perform At Clive Davis Documentary Premiere At Tribeca Film Festival

Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis

The Tribeca Film Festival will open its sixteenth edition with the world premiere of Chris Perkel’s feature-length documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. The premiere will be followed by a special concert featuring performances by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more, taking opening night beyond the screen to honor the legendary music executive and producer. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19th to the 30th.

Read more at TribecaFilm.com.

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Aretha Franklin Plans Holiday Feast For Detroit Community

Aretha Christmas Dinner

Aretha Franklin hosted a glittering holiday soiree Tuesday night at the International Banquet Center in Greektown, Detroit, with surprise guests the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson Jr., circulating and posing for selfies amidst an array of Detroit TV, radio and music personalities. … Amidst holiday decorations and flowers, the Queen of Soul presented a lively slate of entertainment after dinner, including singer Jody Watley.

…The Queen of Soul will be giving back to the Detroit community with a free holiday feast from 3-7 p.m. Christmas Eve at her father’s former church, New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 C.L. Franklin Blvd.

Read more at The Detroit News.

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