Aretha Franklin announced her retirement in an interview with Detroit’s Channel 4. Franklin explained that she is currently working on an album with Stevie Wonder which will be her last. She told the station that,
“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.”
Franklin has been actively holding her title as the Queen Of Soul for almost six decades. She started her career in her famous father’s church. Reverend C.L.Franklin was the minister of New Bethel Baptist Church. In her career, she charted 100 R&B singles, earned 18 Grammys, sold 75 million records and sang at some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st century including Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral and three presidential inaugurations.
Stevie Wonder is producing Franklin’s whole album and there is a September release date. Franklin said she would do a small farewell tour to support the album before going into retirement.