Artist of the Month

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>Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter

Born: March 25, 1942 Died: August 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, whose success in the 1960s propelled her career to become known as the “Queen of Soul.”

Early Life and Career

Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee to a circuit preacher and a mother who was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. At the age of 5, Franklin’s father took the position of head pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where she began her career as a child singing gospel music. When Franklin was 12, her father began bringing her on the road with him during his so-called “gospel caravan” tours for her to perform in various churches. In 1956, she recorded her first single, “Never Grow Old.” At the age of 16, Franklin went on tour with Dr. Martin Luther King. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records after confiding to her father-manager that she aspired to follow Sam Cooke in recording pop music and moved to New York. However, she achieved only modest success with Columbia.

Rise to Fame

In November 1966, Franklin’s Columbia recording contract expired and she chose to move to Atlantic Records, where she finally found commercial success and acclaim. Hit songs such as “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer” propelled Franklin past her musical peers. “Respect” became her signature song and was later hailed as a civil rights and feminist anthem. Franklin’s success expanded during the early 1970s with her R&B and gospel songs. But by 1975 her albums and songs were no longer top sellers and several of her albums from the end of the decade were bombs. In 1980, after leaving Atlantic Records, Franklin signed with Clive Davis’s Arista Records and that same year gave a command performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of Queen Elizabeth. She achieved renewed recording success once more with several albums and top-40 singles including “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” in 1986, which became an international number-one duet with George Michael. During that period, Franklin provided vocals to the theme songs of the TV shows, including A Different World. In 1998, Franklin received global praise after her 1998 Grammy Awards performance. She had initially been asked to come and perform in honor of the 1980 The Blues Brothers film in which she appeared. That evening after the show had already begun, Luciano Pavarotti himself contacted show producers and said he was too ill to perform the opera aria “Nessun Dorma” as planned. The show’s producers were desperate to fill the time slot and approached Franklin with their dilemma. She was a friend of Pavarotti and had sung the selection two nights prior. She agreed that she could sing it in the range that the orchestra was prepared to play in. Over one billion people worldwide saw the performance, and she received an immediate standing ovation. In 2014, Franklin was signed under RCA Records, controller of the Arista catalog and a sister label to Columbia via Sony Music and worked with Clive Davis. On September 29, 2014, Franklin performed to a standing ovation, with Cissy Houston as backup, a compilation of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Franklin’s cover of “Rolling in the Deep” was featured among nine other songs in her first RCA release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics released in October 2014. In doing so, she became the first woman to have 100 songs on Billboard′s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Awards, Accolades and Recognition

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985, received the National Medal of the Arts in 1999 and was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She was named a Grammy Legend in 1991 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 1994 and became the second woman inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame 2005. In 2011, she was ranked 1st list of Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone in 2011. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin

Artist of the Month

>Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter

 Time to Shine! The Center for Performing Arts  4375 Woodbine Road, Pace, Florida 32571  850.994.5678  info@timetoshineflorida.com
Born: March 25, 1942 Died: August 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, whose success in the 1960s propelled her career to become known as the “Queen of Soul.”

Early Life and Career

Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee to a circuit preacher and a mother who was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. At the age of 5, Franklin’s father took the position of head pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where she began her career as a child singing gospel music. When Franklin was 12, her father began bringing her on the road with him during his so-called “gospel caravan” tours for her to perform in various churches. In 1956, she recorded her first single, “Never Grow Old.” At the age of 16, Franklin went on tour with Dr. Martin Luther King. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records after confiding to her father-manager that she aspired to follow Sam Cooke in recording pop music and moved to New York. However, she achieved only modest success with Columbia.

Rise to Fame

In November 1966, Franklin’s Columbia recording contract expired and she chose to move to Atlantic Records, where she finally found commercial success and acclaim. Hit songs such as “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer” propelled Franklin past her musical peers. “Respect” became her signature song and was later hailed as a civil rights and feminist anthem. Franklin’s success expanded during the early 1970s with her R&B and gospel songs. But by 1975 her albums and songs were no longer top sellers and several of her albums from the end of the decade were bombs. In 1980, after leaving Atlantic Records, Franklin signed with Clive Davis’s Arista Records and that same year gave a command performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of Queen Elizabeth. She achieved renewed recording success once more with several albums and top-40 singles including “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” in 1986, which became an international number-one duet with George Michael. During that period, Franklin provided vocals to the theme songs of the TV shows, including A Different World. In 1998, Franklin received global praise after her 1998 Grammy Awards performance. She had initially been asked to come and perform in honor of the 1980 The Blues Brothers film in which she appeared. That evening after the show had already begun, Luciano Pavarotti himself contacted show producers and said he was too ill to perform the opera aria “Nessun Dorma” as planned. The show’s producers were desperate to fill the time slot and approached Franklin with their dilemma. She was a friend of Pavarotti and had sung the selection two nights prior. She agreed that she could sing it in the range that the orchestra was prepared to play in. Over one billion people worldwide saw the performance, and she received an immediate standing ovation. In 2014, Franklin was signed under RCA Records, controller of the Arista catalog and a sister label to Columbia via Sony Music and worked with Clive Davis. On September 29, 2014, Franklin performed to a standing ovation, with Cissy Houston as backup, a compilation of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Franklin’s cover of “Rolling in the Deep” was featured among nine other songs in her first RCA release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics released in October 2014. In doing so, she became the first woman to have 100 songs on Billboard′s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Awards, Accolades and Recognition

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985, received the National Medal of the Arts in 1999 and was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She was named a Grammy Legend in 1991 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 1994 and became the second woman inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame 2005. In 2011, she was ranked 1st list of Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone in 2011. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin