Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin announces her retirement

Ross Houston
February 11, 2017

At 74, the Queen of Soul has made a decision to take it a little easier.

She told local Detroit news outlet WDIV that she will be retiring this year after the release of her upcoming album.

The album will feature all original songs, several of them produced by Stevie Wonder, Franklin said, but she did not give details. This will be my last year.I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert.

"I must tell you, I am retiring this year".

She added that she wouldn't disappear entirely, making the odd appearance - "some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year" - when the mood takes her.

Franklin canceled a number of shows past year on doctor's orders, she told The Associated Press.

"This will be my a year ago", Franklin said".

Franklin said she is "exuberant" about her new album and "can't wait to get in the studio".

Franklin has been honored throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. But she said that she is otherwise "very satisfied" with her career and is ready to step back. Franklin said retirement is bittersweet after being in the business since she was 14 years old but cautioned she won't completely retreat from the industry. If we're going to be seeing less of Franklin, I think we need to pay homage to some of her shadiest moments.

In 2014, Frankin released the covers album Aretha Frankin Sings The Great Diva Classics, which included a cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep".

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