Say “soul music” to anyone who grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and you’re likely to hear the name Aretha Franklin. Her gospel-inspired soul music, delivered with a heartfelt and nearly unmatched belt, earned her the title the Queen of Soul. Signed at fourteen as a gospel singer, her switch to deeply rich Motown tunes with a strong R&B flair highlighting her vocal strengths led to an incredible 112 songs inside the hot 100, with seventeen singles landing inside the top ten. Aretha Franklin’s versatility allowed her to dive deep into traditional rhythm and blues or give folk, rock, and jazz numbers a soulful boost. She first topped the charts in 1967 with the eponymous song Respect, with her last number one being the 1986 duet I Knew You Were Waiting for Me. In between were dozens of radio staples, including Freeway of Love, Chain of Fools, and You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Her commanding voice, able to seamlessly blend pop and soul, has made her not only of the best-selling recording artists of all time, but also one of the most honored. In addition to selling more than seventy-five million records, Aretha Franklin received eighteen Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legends Award, and been named by Rolling Stone as the greatest singer ever.
Aretha Franklin's talent and activism have also earned her such prestigious awards as the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. With such accolades, it’s no wonder fans still flock to see “Lady Soul” nearly sixty years after she signed her first recording contract. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Aretha Franklin Tickets.
Aretha Franklin 2015 Tour
At 73, Aretha Franklin still has the pipes of a singer half her age. Lady Soul has been impressing audiences across the country with her ability to hit the high notes on some of her most powerful and recognizable songs – and she has a lot of classic hits to choose from. Aretha has been mixing up her live show so that audiences get a taste of the songs they expect, like Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, with a few of her forgotten and unlikely songs, including tour favorite Bridge Over Trouble Water, which showcases her ability to capture soft and subtle nuances. Aretha has also been mixing up the band behind her, shifting from her traditional soul-style backing band to the occasional symphony orchestra, giving her songs a majestic feel befitting her magnificent voice. Her part of the show, which can last up to two hours, features costume changes and Aretha waxing rhapsodic about many of her beloved tunes. She has been touring with several high-profile opening acts, most notably R&B singer and producer Babyface, but nobody can take center stage away from the Queen of Soul. With nearly sixty years of stage time under her belt, Aretha Franklin puts on a polished show with all the slick and well-timed elements of a concert pro. For fans who aren’t in the know, they might swear they’re catching Aretha Franklin in her prime, which, as her 2015 tour shows, isn’t over yet.