The Queen of Soul announced to a Detroit TV station that she will be retiring this year.
The 74-year old said, “I must tell you, I am retiring this year.”
After her next album is released in September she said, “I can’t wait to get in the studio.”
After the album release, Aretha plans to tour “maybe for six months,” as she said and it’s going to be selected dates.
The legendary Aretha has spent about 56 years being a singer and songwriter said, “This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concrete. This is it.”
And t’s no surprise that she doesn’t plan to completely retire either, she said she will do, “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year.”
But all in all, she wants to spend time with her grandchildren.
Aretha was the fourth child out of five and as said in Aretha’s bio:
Aretha Franklin’s musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy. A gifted pianist with a powerful voice, Franklin got her start singing in front of her father’s congregation
She tells us what to expect from her new album too, “Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie (Wonder), and of course there’s only one Stevie, right?
She tells us that she’s “exuberant” about her new CD and, “It’s kind of multi-(directional). We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing.”
She also said that she’s recording it in Detroit and that, “I keep my business in Detroit, or as close to Detroit as possible.”
We know some of her hits such as, “Respect”, “Think” and “I Say a Little Prayer”.
In 2015, she sang at the Kennedy Center Honors this years, paying tribute to Carole King by singing “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)”. Her 2015 performance had the attendance of President & First Lady Obama too.
For the 2016 Thanksgiving Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings game, Aretha sang the National Anthem. She showed her support for the Lions when she came out wearing a Lions’ beanie.