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Listen To Aretha Franklin’s Stunning Version Of ‘Silent Night’

“During this time of the year, my aunt would be finishing up her Christmas shopping in New York and Chicago, planning her annual holiday event with family and friends, selecting songs for her Christmas playlist, and talking about her menu for Christmas dinner… she loved the holidays; it was her favorite time of the year!” – Sabrina Owens, Aretha’s niece.

This is Aretha’s stunning new version of “Silent Night” featuring her on piano, accompanied only by her unparalleled voice.
Watch the new video here.
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Rolling Stone: Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ Amplifies the Power of a Gospel Classic

Rolling Stone writes that Amazing Grace, the new Aretha Franklin documentary filmed in 1972 by Sydney Pollack, “is a marvelous 87-minute testament to Franklin’s unrivaled singing ability” with sequences “that make the Amazing Grace documentary an indispensable visual companion to the album. The movie adds a remarkable amount of oomph to what is already among the most viscerally affecting releases in Franklin’s extensive discography — having seen the singer reduce the barrel-chested Cleveland to tears, you can’t help but hear the music differently.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Aretha Franklin, Bill Clinton, Alec Baldwin Light Up Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala

Elton John rarely does anything by half, and the 25th annual gala for the AIDS Foundation that bears his name was certainly no exception. While the event, held at New York’s majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, featured a monumentally star-studded guest list, speeches from former President Bill Clinton, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Alec Baldwin, host Neil Patrick Harris and John himself, and was capped by an intimate performance from none other than Aretha Franklin, its most memorable moment came from the mother of Ryan White, the teenager whose death in 1990 led directly to the creation of the foundation. The event raised more than $4.3 million.

Read more at Variety.

Aretha Franklin – The Making Of ‘A Brand New Me’

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Watch the behind-the-scenes story of the making of Aretha Franklin’s A Brand New Me, containing clips from the recording at Abbey Road Studios and archive footage of Aretha in concert, as well as interviews with: Nile Rodgers (Chic), James Williams (Managing Director, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Nick Patrick (Album Co-Producer), and Don Reedman (Album Co-Producer).

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Listen To A New Version of Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’ With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Nick Patrick and Don Reedman can’t lie. Part of the allure of producing A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — whose version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” is premiering exclusively below — was a chance to play with the Queen of Soul’s original vocal recordings from the 1960s.

The 14-song set (12 on LP), due out Nov. 10, pairs those vintage vocals with new orchestrations the British duo put together with the Royal Philharmonic at Abbey Road Studios, along with new backing vocals by Patti Austin.

New Video: Aretha Franklin & Royal Philharmonic ‘Respect’

Watch the new video for the Aretha Franklin and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra version of “Respect,” which shows some gorgeous archive footage of the Queen of Soul performing live, along with the orchestra adding lush new arrangements at Abbey Road Studios in London. The track is included on A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, out November 10.


‘Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Features Aretha Franklin & More

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Legacy Recordings Set to Release Deluxe Digital Version of Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives–an Apple Music Exclusive–on Wednesday, September 27

Standard Digital Version Available Friday, September 29

Acclaimed Clive Davis Documentary Film Opens in New York and Los Angeles Theaters on Wednesday, September 27

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an exclusive digital deluxe (streaming and download) edition of Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Wednesday, September 27 on Apple Music. Pre-order the soundtrack here.

The standard 20-track digital version of Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives will be available on Friday, September 29.

The audio companion to the highly-acclaimed documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary Clive Davis, The Soundtrack of Our Lives follows the incredible journey of the musical visionary whose ears and instincts helped him discover and develop a roster of phenomenal artists who’ve defined popular music and culture for more than half a century.

In 1967, Clive Davis became president of Columbia Records, signing folk-rock avatar Donovan to Epic early on in his career. Davis went on to play a key role in the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Barry Manilow, the Kinks, Patti Smith, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Blood Sweat & Tears, the Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson among others.  He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 before heading RCA Music Group. He’s currently chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment. Clive Davis has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award.

“Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives”–based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography and directed by Chris Perkel–opened the prestigious 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in April.  Apple Music acquired the film rights earlier this year and the documentary will stream exclusively on the platform on Oct 3rd. Watch the film trailer here.

Clive Davis – The Soundtrack of Our Lives 
Various Artists
(Full Version for Apple Music)

  1. Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  3. Chicago- 25 Or 6 To 4
  4. Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel
  5. Bruce Springsteen -Blinded By The Light
  6. Billy Joel – Piano Man
  7. Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me By Now
  8. Barry Manilow – Mandy
  9. Eric Carmen – All By Myself
  10. Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud
  11. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  12. Patti Smith – Because The Night
  13. The Kinks – Come Dancing
  14. The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
  15. Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All
  16. Aretha Franklin – Freeway of Love
  17. Dionne & Friends featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – That’s What Friends Are For
  18. Carly Simon – Coming Around Again
  19. Kenny G – Songbird
  20. Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
  21. Grateful Dead – Touch of Grey
  22. Alan Jackson – Don’t Rock the Jukebox
  23. Brooks & Dunn – Boot Scootin’ Boogie
  24. Ace of Base – The Sign
  25. Annie Lennox – Why
  26. Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth
  27. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  28. Alicia Keys – Fallin’
  29. Luther Vandross – Dance with My Father
  30. Rod Stewart – The Way You Look Tonight


  1. Clive Davis – Clive Davis recites lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Blinded by The Light’ (Audio from Columbia Records promo video 1973)
  2. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Original Merrill and Rubicam Demo / Single Version Excerpts)
  3. Whitney Houston & Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (Duet performance from Clive Davis’ 2000 Grammy Party)
  4. Aretha Franklin – ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Live performance from 2000 Arista 25th Anniversary Party)

Clive Davis – The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Various Artists
(Available at all digital retailers)

  1. Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  3. Chicago- 25 Or 6 To 4
  4. Bruce Springsteen -Blinded By The Light
  5. Barry Manilow – Mandy
  6. Eric Carmen – All By Myself
  7. Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud
  8. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
  9. Patti Smith Group – Because The Night
  10. The Kinks – Come Dancing
  11. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All
  12. Aretha Franklin – Freeway of Love
  13. Dionne & Friends featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – That’s What Friends Are For
  14. Carly Simon – Coming Around Again
  15. Kenny G – Songbird
  16. Grateful Dead – Touch of Grey
  17. Annie Lennox – Why
  18. Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth
  19. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  20. Alicia Keys – Fallin’