Goodbye, Queen of Soul

Young Aretha

Few singers come to mind who have had a deep and lasting cultural impact worldwide—Edith Piaf and Umm Kulthum do. Yet, Aretha Franklin must count among them. She penetrated the very heart of us with her raw talent, grace, finesse, and unmatched musicianship. Crossing multiple genres, Aretha took us there emotionally, allowing us to see just a hint of the power and the glory. Thank you Aretha for time and time again making me feel like a natural woman.