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Aretha Franklin

 
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Without knowing how to read music, Franklin taught herself to play the piano; at the young age of 12, she began to record songs and sing on gospel tours with her father. She signed her first record deal at age 18 with Columbia Records. In 1966 she moved to Atlantic Records, where she recorded many ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Without knowing how to read music, Franklin taught herself to play the piano; at the young age of 12, she began to record songs and sing on gospel tours with her father. She signed her first record deal at age 18 with Columbia Records. In 1966 she moved to Atlantic Records, where she recorded many ... (read complete bio)

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Aretha Franklin Biography

Without knowing how to read music, Franklin taught herself to play the piano; at the young age of 12, she began to record songs and sing on gospel tours with her father. She signed her first record deal at age 18 with Columbia Records. In 1966 she moved to Atlantic Records, where she recorded many of her most iconic songs. In 1979 she began a 40-year friendship and partnership with Clive Davis, which produced a number of hit songs, including the highest charting and bestselling song of her career, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," a duet with George Michael. The legendary singer is one of the world's bestselling musical artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold globally during her career. Her voice was identified as a "natural resource" by her home state of Michigan.




Aretha Franklin News

Review: BEST OF ENEMIES, No√ęl Coward Theatre Photo Review: BEST OF ENEMIES, No√ęl Coward Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - Nov 29, 2022

It's an exceptional addition to a Theatreland that's generally lacking in political engagement, especially during the Christmas period. It's intense, brainy, and absolutely delectable. The latest West End must-see.

City Winery Boston Celebrating 5th Anniversary With Diverse Attractions In Coming Mon Photo City Winery Boston Celebrating 5th Anniversary With Diverse Attractions In Coming Months
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

City Winery Boston, celebrating its 5th anniversary, announced a series of new shows over the next several months that showcase the diverse entertainment offerings at one of the city's premiere venues.

Joe's Pub to Present Justin Vivian Bond, Murray Hill & More This Holiday Season Photo Joe's Pub to Present Justin Vivian Bond, Murray Hill & More This Holiday Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 28, 2022

Get in the holiday spirit at Joe's Pub with Murray Hill, Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Justin Hicks and more!

Cast Announced for ON THE ROPES at the Park Theatre Photo Cast Announced for ON THE ROPES at the Park Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Nov 23, 2022

The Production Exchange and Park Theatre kick off the New Year in electrifying fashion with the World Premiere of On The Ropes, one of the most extraordinary and emotionally rousing true stories staged in Park200 at Park Theatre.

Ken Peplowski Quartet, City Rhythm Orchestra, and More to Play Birdland Next Week Photo Ken Peplowski Quartet, City Rhythm Orchestra, and More to Play Birdland Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 20, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club has released jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running November 21 through December 4. Artists appearing at Birdland Jazz Club include the Ken Peplowski Quartet, City Rhythm Orchestra, Paloma, Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez, Paloma and Frank Perowsky Orchestra.

Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert Is Back Live And In-Person At The Performing Arts C Photo Annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert Is Back Live And In-Person At The Performing Arts Center
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2022

The annual Rob Mathes Holiday Concert is back live and in-person this year at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Two shows will be presented on Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m.

Interview: Raehann Bryce-Davis of OUR SONG, OUR STORY ‚Ä" THE NEW GENERATION OF BLACK Photo Interview: Raehann Bryce-Davis of OUR SONG, OUR STORY ‚Ä" THE NEW GENERATION OF BLACK VOICES at Ordway Concert Hall
by Jared Fessler - Nov 17, 2022

'Created and directed by composer, conductor, and multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, Our Song, Our Story is an evening of music highlighting some of the world's most well-known operatic arias, art songs and spirituals.

Leslie Odom, Jr. to Star in LET FREEDOM RING CELEBRATION at the Kennedy Center Photo Leslie Odom, Jr. to Star in LET FREEDOM RING CELEBRATION at the Kennedy Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2022

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Georgetown University will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free, ticketed musical tribute, the Let Freedom Ring Celebration. The annual program, part of the Center’s Millennium Stage free daily performance series, features Leslie Odom, Jr.

HBO to Debut Marc Maron Stand-Up Comedy Special In 2023 Photo HBO to Debut Marc Maron Stand-Up Comedy Special In 2023
by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

HBO has announced a new stand-up comedy special featuring Marc Maron. The special, which will feature new material, will be taped in front of a live audience at New York City‚Äôs Town Hall. Marc Maron has four stand-up specials including ‚ÄúMore Later‚ÄĚ (2015) on Epix, and ‚ÄúThinky Pain‚ÄĚ (2013), ‚ÄúMarc Maron: Too Real‚ÄĚ (2017) and ‚ÄúEnd Times Fun‚ÄĚ (2020)

Review: REVIEW: MILWAUKEE REP'S 'BEEHIVE: THE 60S MUSICAL' at Milwaukee Rep Photo Review: REVIEW: MILWAUKEE REP'S 'BEEHIVE: THE 60S MUSICAL' at Milwaukee Rep
by Cathy Jakicic - Nov 15, 2022

What did our critic think of REVIEW: MILWAUKEE REP'S 'BEEHIVE: THE 60S MUSICAL' at Milwaukee Rep? The talented cast shines from girl groups to diva power

Aretha Franklin Videos

VIDEO: Josh Groban & Jennifer Hudson Sing 'The Impossible Dream' on THE JENNIFER HUDS Videoplay
VIDEO: Josh Groban & Jennifer Hudson Sing 'The Impossible Dream' on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

by Michael Major - Nov 11, 2022

Josh Groban sat down with Jennifer Hudson to discuss working with the legendary Aretha Franklin and what he has learned from performing with musical icons. Later on in the segment, Groban and Hudson sang their own rendition of 'The Impossible Dream' from Man of La Mancha. Watch a video of the performance now!

VIDEO: Adam Lambert Performs with Jennifer Hudson on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Adam Lambert Performs with Jennifer Hudson on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW

by Michael Major - Oct 19, 2022

Fellow ‚ÄúAmerican Idol‚ÄĚ alum¬†Adam Lambert¬†joins Jennifer, reminiscing about their ‚ÄúIdol‚ÄĚ days and how their audition song selection turned into full circle moments later in their careers. The alums join their former ‚ÄúAmerican Idol‚ÄĚ pianist¬†Michael Orland¬†for a show stopping rendition of the operatic classic ‚ÄúNessun dorma.‚Ä̬†Watch a video now!

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings from ANNIE, CATS, and More Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings from ANNIE, CATS, and More

by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 28, 2022

Jennifer Hudson sings a medley of songs she's performed throughout her career, with selections from Annie, Cats, Big River, and more.

VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'Glowing Up' on THE KELY CLARKSON SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'Glowing Up' on THE KELY CLARKSON SHOW

by Michael Major - Oct 29, 2021

Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to perform her single 'Glowing Up' off of her recent album 'Ch. 1 Vol. 1'. Watch the full performance now!

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Says She Auditioned for the Role of Aretha Franklin for Over a Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Says She Auditioned for the Role of Aretha Franklin for Over a Decade

by Stage Tube - Aug 18, 2021

Jennifer Hudson talks about when she first met Aretha Franklin, the role the artist's music played in her life and returning to the stage.

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & Saycon Sengbloh Write 'Respect' in a Clip Fr Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson, Hailey Kilgore & Saycon Sengbloh Write 'Respect' in a Clip From the New Aretha Franklin Biopic!

by Stage Tube - Aug 11, 2021

The Franklin sisters collaborate on writing the title song in this new clip from the biopic.

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs 'Think' in a New Clip From RESPECT! Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs 'Think' in a New Clip From RESPECT!

by Stage Tube - Aug 10, 2021

Hear Hudson sing one of Aretha Franklin's most iconic songs.

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs the Title Song in This New Clip From RESPECT! Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs the Title Song in This New Clip From RESPECT!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 30, 2021

Jennifer Hudson belts out Aretha Franklin's most iconic song, 'Respect,' in this new clip from the film of the same name.

VIDEO: See Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson, Tituss Burgess & More in a New RESPECT Fe Videoplay
VIDEO: See Audra McDonald, Jennifer Hudson, Tituss Burgess & More in a New RESPECT Featurette!

by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2021

McDonald is the recipient of a record-breaking six Tony Awards; Hudson won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls; and Burgess is known for Broadway roles in The Little Mermaid and Jersey Boys.

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Talks About Playing 'The Person' Versus 'The Icon' in RESPECT! Videoplay
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Talks About Playing 'The Person' Versus 'The Icon' in RESPECT!

by Stage Tube - Jul 19, 2021

Oprah sits down with Oscar and Grammy award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson to discuss her new role as the legendary Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic ‚ÄúRespect‚ÄĚ available in theatres starting August 13.¬†


Aretha Franklin Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Aretha Franklin written?
Aretha Franklin has written 1 shows including A Night With Janis Joplin (Composer).