Let's Say A Little Prayer For You
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died on August 16th 2018.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, the singer’s enduring musical success is a testament to her divine talent and dedication.
Franklin’s gospel roots, singing at Churches as a child with her father, is evident in her recordings- which bare transcendent quality. Her fervent voice is unmistakably her own; recognisable across the world as one of our last connections to the Soul and R&B era.
Her strikingly strong voice was not only a representation of the unwavering efforts of the civil rights movement in the late 60s but still resonates today. Franklin’s anthem ‘Respect’ and ‘Think’ feel as though they could have been written with the recent #MeToo and Times Up movements in mind.
There is a nostalgia in Franklin’s songs, her life’s work is intertwined in our own; her songs framing scenes from our favourite movies, her voice motivating us in the morning and helping us to unwind after a long day.
Her voice has echoed through each generation of my own family: my Nan quietly playing ‘Say a Little Prayer’ on a Saturday morning when we visit. My Mother and I watching Bridget Jones’ Diary; Franklin’s ‘Respect’ punctuating Renée Zellweger's empowered resignation from her unrewarding job.
Franklin is a perfect example of an icon who used her influence for good. She sold over 75 Million records worldwide, became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, won 18 Grammy Awards and was an avid philanthropist. Franklin’s success was not built on scandals or the manipulation of others. Instead, her own talent and perseverance secured her place in history as one of the world’s greatest singers.
The entertainment industry is a little glummer without her light. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.