Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sergio A. Mims: Singer Aretha Franklin: 'I am retiring this year' after release of new album [Produced by Stevie Wonder]

Sergio A. Mims writes:

Aretha Franklin to retire.


Click On Detroit

Franklin says she will continue to do select special events

By Evrod Cassimy - Reporter/Anchor, Derick Hutchinson

February 07, 2017

DETROIT - Aretha Franklin told Local 4's Evrod Cassimy she plans to "retire" this year after the release of her new album.
"I must tell you, I am retiring this year," Franklin said.
Franklin said she is "exuberant" about her new album and "can't wait to get in the studio." The album is expected to be released in September, with a tour that includes only select dates. She won't have more than one date planned per month, and the full tour will last "maybe for six months."
Franklin spent 56 years as a legendary singer and songwriter.
"This will be my last year," Franklin said. "I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it."
She's not retiring completely. She said she will do "some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year." But she said her grandchildren are leaving for college and she wants to spend time with them.
Franklin said the announcement is bittersweet because "it's what I've done all of my life."
"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now," Franklin said. "I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either."

Comment by email:
Thanks Bill, I have a real soft spot for her and the wonderful music she has done over.......well....I have albums back to her Columbia days....and before. Talent knows no limits! Working with Stevie ..that could be amazing and I cannot wait. Her legacy will live on in the same way that it has done with the great classical composers. I am so glad that contrary to rumours about her health, that she is embarking on such an ambitious ‘retirement’ project. I just hope that the record distribution gets the publicity it deserves.  Kind regards

Mike [Michael S. Wright]

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