Category Archives: Soul

Throwback: Aretha Franklin-A Deeper Love

Aretha Franklin covered Clivillés & Cole’s “A Deeper Love” with a backing vocal from Lisa Fischer after they had success with it in 1991. The production duo used vocalist Deborah Cooper on the original version and it increased their profile in the music industry as it was a big hit in clubs and on the dance music charts. Franklin hired them to produce the album version of the song for her Greatest Hits (1980-1994) album and remixes as a single. Her voice made “A Deeper Love” a no. 1 hit and it also functioned as the leading song from the new album. Greatest Hits (1980-1994) compiled some of Franklin’s most popular songs on Arista Records up until 1994. Critics and fans were aware of certain omissions like her duets with Whitney Houston and Elton John but the compilation achieved platinum status and was nominated for a Best Female R&B Performance Grammy of which Franklin already had nine. The 37th Grammy Awards also bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on her in 1994. “A Deeper Love” was also used in the Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit


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Music Hall Is Saddened By The Passing Of Aretha Franklin

It is with great sadness that The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts bids a fond farewell to not only one of the world’s greatest singers to ever live, but also to a fellow Detroiter and friend of Music Hall – Miss Aretha Franklin.

Music Hall President and Artistic Director, Vince Paul had this to say about Aretha’s passing today:

“Music Hall is mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin today. The relationship with Aretha began in the early sixties when she attended the Easter sermons at Music Hall of her father C. L. Franklin. She performed countless concerts, parties and appearances over the years and we produced her final full concert given for free to the people of Detroit on June 9, 2017, outdoors next to Music Hall on Aretha Franklin Way, a street that will forever bear her name.”

Her musical- and even more, her cultural imprint that she left on Detroit continues to resonate internationally, transcending race and politics and geographical borders, which earns her a place only reserved for royalty.

A Queen.

Miss Franklin’s combination of R & B, Soul, and Gospel brought a new standard to singing and popular music, and Music Hall was proud to have been there since the beginning.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

350 Madison Avenue

Detroit, MI   48226


Gamble & Huff On The Passing Of Aretha Franklin

Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following statement mourning the passing of the undisputed Queen of SoulAretha Franklin:

“We not only admire Aretha Franklin for her singing ability, but we appreciate what she did to uplift the community. We have always been honored and elated — and are still on ‘Cloud Nine’ – for having her cover two of our songs: ‘A Brand New Me’ and ‘Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas without the One You Love.’ While we never got the opportunity to work directly with Aretha, she was our dear friend.

“We send our deepest and sincere condolences out to her family. She was truly the best!”

Gamble & Huff


Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Statement On The Passing Of Aretha Franklin

Dr. Joseph Lowery Aretha Franklin

Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery issued the following statement on the passing of Aretha Franklin:

“I’m saddened to hear about the loss of our Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  Aretha is a legend.  She not only provided the soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement, Aretha’s music transcended race, nationality, and religion and helped people from all backgrounds to recognize what they had in common.  

“In addition to having an extraordinary voice, Aretha was a kind and God-fearing woman who loved her family, friends, and community. My late wife and I were honored to have the icon come to Atlanta to sing for two benefit concerts for the Lowery Institute. I  remember her singing her heart out for my 88th birthday celebration.  We will miss her strong voice and infectious spirit, but songs like RESPECT and Say A Little Prayer will continue to keep our nation focused on achieving the dream her father, Rev.  C. L. Franklin and others in the movement envisioned.

“On behalf of the Lowery family, we send our deepest condolences to the Franklin family.”
Dr. Joseph E. Lowery