August 16, 2019 marks the one year anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s passing. What she gave can never duplicated. Not only is her voice is one of a kind, but has been a powerful force in American music for six decades. With hits like, “Don’t Play That Song,” “Freeway of Love,” and “I Say A Little Prayer.” Franklin leaves her mark for many generations to come.
The moment Franklin opens her mouth to sing, she immediately touches the soul. It is an indescribable feeling. She draws people in through her incredible stage presence and heartfelt messages. What Franklin leaves behind is not only a beautiful legacy, but a blueprint for all artists to follow. There will never be another Queen of Soul.
Here is 5 reasons why she will never be forgotten.
- Franklin’s impeccable voice. Her four-octave range is undeniable and those powerful notes (literally) gives people chills. Whether Franklin is singing in church or in a big arena, she knows how to captivate hearts, deliver strong messages, and provide unforgettable performances.
2. Franklin always relies on God and her strong faith. According to Eternity News , Franklin “gave God the credit for her unique voice, starting out in the 1950’s as part of her pastor father’s gospel revue. She made her first recording at the age of 14 at his New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.” The article also adds that when asked in 2017 by the Chicago Sun-Times about the importance of her faith, Aretha said: “It is very important. It certainly has sustained me to this day.”
3. Franklin taught people many life lessons through her music. Whether she desires for women and men to think before making irrational decisions or simply demanding respect. She also encourages and gives them the strength to speak up for themselves. She sings, ” You better think (think) /Think about what you’re trying to do to me/Yeah, think (think, think) /Let your mind go, let yourself be free/Oh, freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom)/Oh, freedom, yeah, freedom.”
4. Her music makes people experience all kinds of emotions. Depending on the mood that they are currently in, Franklin has a song that correlates with it. If someone is happy, you might listen to “Dr. Feelgood [Love Is A Serious Business].” If someone is angry, they will probably play “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).” If they just want to relax, they will most likely choose “Ain’t No Way” or “Call Me.”
5. Franklin will forever be known as “The Queen of Soul.” She carries herself with such grace and class. She always looks regal and elegant. She speaks eloquently, as a true queen should. Franklin stays true to her values by giving back to her community. She once said, “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.“
It is still mind-blowing when thinking about what Franklin contributed to the music industry. She is dearly missed, loved, and continues to be celebrated.
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