Completed List of Songs and Soundtracks
Photos with Aretha Franklin
BiographyDetroit, United States (1956 – present)
She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings (on many, of which, she accompanies herself on keyboards and piano — a skill she learned at an early age, learning to play by ear, according to lifetime friend Smokey Robinson) but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, and gospel. Read more... industry publications/media outlets as Rolling Stone and VH1, due to her phenomenal technical and interpretative talents.
Adept at the piano as well as having a gifted voice, Franklin became a child prodigy. By the age of fourteen, she signed a record deal with Battle Records, where her father Reverend C.L. Franklin recorded his sermons and gospel vocal recordings, and she issued Songs of Faith in 1956.
She is the second most honored female popular singer in Grammy history (after Alison Krauss), having won eighteen competitive Grammys (including an unprecedented eleven for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, eight of them consecutive). The state of Michigan has declared her voice to be a natural wonder.
Franklin is perhaps best-known for her interpretation of Otis Redding’s Respect, recorded in 1967 with sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin.
Video with Aretha Franklin
Albums by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings
Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
Sparkle (Music From the Warner Bros. Motion Picture)
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin
Jewels In the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen