Today at the Age of 76, Aretha Franklin passed away among family and friends in her Detroit home. And of Course, the internet and social media are flooding with tributes, videos of her songs, and heart felt memories from those who worked with her and knew her best. However, as reported by U.S. News, perhaps Barack Obama, articulates it best by stating that:
"Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade ― our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”
With a career that span for over 50 years, Aretha Franklin is one of the most celebrated female vocalist of our time.
As stated by the New York Times: " She placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 No. 1 R&B hits. She received 18 competitive Grammy Awards, along with a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987."
Like all great artists, she will be missed but her music and the doors that she opened for others will always remain.