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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 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.

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27th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival to Take Place This Month

Celebrate 110 Years of the Lyric Theatre at the 27th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival in Miami. Learn more bout the festival and see how to purchase tickets!

Isaac Mizrahi, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Performers & More Are Coming to Bucks County Playhouse

Music and magic — with a dash of celebrity — are on tap at Bucks County Playhouse this March, as the New Hope theatre continues its Winter-Spring Visiting Artists Series. Learn about programming and see how to purchase tickets!

Liesl Tommy to be Honored at NYTW 2024 Gala; Shoshanna Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon & More to Appear

New York Theatre Workshop's 2024 Gala will honor theater and film visionary Liesl Tommy. Learn more about the gala and about Tommy!

Q. Smith, Eric Jordan Young, Sally Shaw, & Dexter Conlin Star In SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT - THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL VALENTI At 54 Below

Join Q. Smith, Eric Jordan Young, Sally Shaw, and Dexter Conlin for an unforgettable night of music in 'Something to Sing About: The Music of Michael Valenti' at 54 Below on Thursday, February 29th.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Announces 2024-25 Season

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra has announced details of the 2024-25 season, its 103rd, which will feature the greatly anticipated revival of Giants in the Earth – the Pulitzer Prize winning opera by American composer Douglas Moore (The Ballad of Baby Doe) based on Ole Edvart Rølvaag's epic novel about Norwegian settlers of the Dakota Territory in 1873.  The SDSO's production will be the first ever fully professional staging of Moore's opera.  More details on Giants in the Earth can be found at the bottom of this release.

James Hunter To Join Bonnie Raitt As Special Guest On 47 Shows In The United States

James Hunter joins Bonnie Raitt as a special guest on her tour. Learn where you can see Hunter and Raitt perform, and see how to purchase tickets.

Review: CONFEDERATES Makes Its Debut in Charlotte, North Carolina at The Arts Factory

Confederates is a thought-provoking stage play that depicts two women - a slave and professor, on similar journeys.

Melissa Errico to Release New Album 'SONDHEIM IN THE CITY' Alongside Birdland Residency This Month

Melissa Errico will release a new Sondheim album, 'Sondheim in the City,' on February 16. She will also offer a 10-performance residency at Birdland Jazz Feb 14-18, titled “A Manhattan Valentine”. Learn more about the album and residency here!

Jamie Muscato to Join Eric McCormack, Rachel Tucker, and More In WILD ABOUT YOU Concert

Jamie Muscato will be joining Eric McCormack, Rachel Tucker, Oliver Tompsett, and Tori Allen-Martin in the new musical in concert Wild About You, which is making its World Premiere at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Jermaine Dupri Joins Forces With Ashanti, Nelly, & Juicy J for New Sizzling Single 'This Lil' Game We Play'

Jermaine Dupri has teamed up with Ashanti, Nelly, and Juicy J for their new single 'This Lil' Game We Play.' Hinging on a hypnotic sample of Subway & 702's classic 1994 track of the same name, “This Lil' Game We Play” unites three powerhouse voices while featuring production from Dupri. Right out the gate, sizzling hi-hats and synths mesmerize.

Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Recordings Inks Multi-Year Deal with Create Music Group

The new partnership will bring the legendary label and all its recordings, publishing, as well as its historic So So Def Recordings back catalog to Create Music Group. In addition, the new collaboration will launch new music and new artists under the direction of GRAMMY Award-winning producer, hall of fame songwriter, and rapper Jermaine Dupri.

Sandy Duncan, Andrea McArdle, Krysta Rodriguez & More to Star in LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Theatre Aspen

Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore will be presented at Theatre Aspen in March. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Dance Theatre of Harlem Returns to New York City Center in April

Dance Theatre of Harlem is set to return to New York City Center for its annual Vision Gala and homecoming season, celebrating its continued vision for the world of classical dance. Learn more about the upcoming programming here!

Collage Dance Collective to Conclude 2023-24 Tour With Performance at Chrysler Hall

Collage Dance Collective will perform at Chrysler Hall, presented by the Virginia Arts Festival. Concluding their touring schedule, the ballet company brings an exciting performance to Norfolk, VA.

54 Below to Celebrate Black History Month With David Jackson & David White, Gospel Brunch, André De Shields, & More

Celebrate Black History Month at 54 Below with performances by David Jackson & David White, Gospel Brunch, André De Shields, and more!

DIVAS LONDON Returns to the West End This Spring

London’s  number party show  Divas London sashays back into the West End this Spring   for a  9 week  limited week season!

Kelli Baker to Hit the Road, Performing in NYC, Nashville & More

Kelli Baker returns to the road with a star-studded band after her trailer was stolen and recovered in North Carolina. See her powerful blues performances in cities like NYC, Pittsburgh, and Nashville.

State Theatre New Jersey Presents RESPECT: A Tribute To Aretha Franklin With New Jersey Symphony

State Theatre New Jersey and New Jersey Symphony present RESPECT: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin with New Jersey Symphony on Sunday, February 18 at 3pm.

New Jersey Symphony Performs 'Respect: A Tribute To Aretha Franklin'

The New Jersey Symphony will present a concert dedicated to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, featuring Capathia Jenkins and three-time GRAMMY Award-nominee Ryan Shaw, with Lucas Waldin conducting.

Video: Watch Nova Y. Payton Sing 'I Say A Little Prayer' from THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR at Signature Theatre

Watch Nova Y. Payton sing 'I Say A Little Prayer' from Signature's latest cabaret THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, featuring the repertoire of Burt Bacharach in the video here!


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

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