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Aretha Franklin

"Aretha Louise LaTundra Franklin" (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has been dubbed for years ""The Queen Of Soul"" but many also call her "Lady Soul," as well as the even more affectionate "Sister Re." She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, gospel, and even opera. She is generally regarded as one of the best vocalists ever by such industry publications/media outlets as Rolling Stone and VH1, due to her ability to inject whatever she may be singing about with gut wrenching soul (hence the title) and sheer conviction. She is the second most honored female popular singer in Grammy history after Alison Krauss. Ms. Franklin has won eighteen competitive Grammys (including an unprecedented eleven for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, eight of them consecutive) and the state of Michigan has declared her voice to be a natural wonder.

Franklin has had two number one hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100, "Respect" in the 1960s, and her 1980s duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" and many of her singles have hit Top ...

Background solo singer
Born March 25, 1942
Origin Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Gospel/R&B/soul
Occupation Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist
Years active 1956 - present
Instrument Vocals, piano/keyboard instrument
Associated acts The Sweet Inspirations, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin
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